OTTAWA — Voters in the Ottawa-Glandorf school district approved a 1 percent additional income tax levy Tuesday night by a 311-vote difference, with 57 percent of voters approving the increase.
There were 1,284 votes for the levy and 955 votes against.
In February, the Ottawa-Glandorf school board heard from David Conely, president of Rockmill Financial Consulting LLC, that school district’s general fund was showing a decline, and if a levy wasn’t passed it would have a significant deficit. He said many different factors were responsible for the decline.
Conely told the school board one of the reasons for the deficit was due to increasing median home values in the district. When the state decided on funding for school districts each year, it took the median home value for the district, divided that number by the number of school-age children in the district and determined the need for funding from there.
Without the levy, O-G schools was looking at a balance of minus-$879,187 by the end of the 2019-20 school year. By the end of the 2021-22 school year, the deficit fell near $5 million without a levy approval.
With the levy passing, that dire future has been averted, and the general fund is projected to have an estimated balance of $1.047 million at the end of the fifth year.
The county saw 24.64 percent of its voters turn out to vote.
Putnam commissioner race
John Schlumbohm cruised to an easy win in the Republican primary for Putnam County commissioner.
Schlumbohm, the mayor of Pandora and owner of Pandora Flooring & Supply, picked up 81 percent of the voted, compared to retired businessman Frank Miller’s 19 percent.
No other candidates filed for the November election, so Schlumbohm will take over the seat currently held by retiring three-term commissioner John Love in January.
Blanchard Township levy
Blanchard Township’s 2 mill additional levy request for roads over the next five years, passed with 158 voters for the levy and 103 against.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362