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Lake Schools levy narrowly passes

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LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) – With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Lake Local School levy has narrowly passed.

The levy passed with 52.39 percent of the vote. Unofficial tallies show 1501 votes for the levy, with 1364 being cast against. 

Voters had rejected levies in August and November of last year.

Leaders say Lake had faced severe cuts if the levy did not pass.  Board members had already cut 43 staff positions, closed an elementary school and ended all-day kindergarten in March.  

Officials say the passage of this levy will not bring back any services that were cut in March, but that no additional cuts will be necessary.

The 6.75 mil levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $200 per year.

Just last week the Lake Local Board of Education voted to place a back-up levy on the November 6 ballot in case Tuesday's vote did not turn out in their favor. That levy will no longer be necessary.

"This community tends to come together when we need it the most. You look back at the events of June 2010, and the community rallied, the people around our community came together to help us," said Lake School Board Member Scott Swartz.

Last week, the district opened a new high school after the old building was destroyed by a tornado in June 2010.

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