Voters reject Swanton school levy request

Voters in Swanton rejected a bond issue on Tuesday night that would have generated millions of dollars to pay for the construction of two new school buildings. The unofficial tally from Tuesday night was 1,624 against and 994 for. The levy was a 35 year, 3.9 mill bond issue that would have raised more than $13 million for new building construction and a 0.5 mill continuing maintenance levy. If the levy was approved it would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home around $108 a year more in their property taxes.

Jeff Schlade, superintendent of Swanton Local Schools was disappointed in the levy defeat especially because its passage would have enabled the district to collect millions of dollars in funding from the state. "I think that are commitee did a fantastic job of getting the word out and I don't think there is anything else they could've done at this point," Mr. Schlade said.

Back in May voters rejected the same levy by a similar margin.