Voters again reject income tax for West Branch Schools

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BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – Officials at West Branch Schools say they need more funding, but it won’t be coming from the voters.

Voters again rejected an income tax for the school district.

The district had a half-percent earned income tax levy on the ballot.

West Branch said it’s over $850,000 in debt. Because the levy failed, Superintendent Timothy Saxton said the district will have to make some tough decisions.

“However, we will keep our focus on the students and our dedication to providing a well-rounded education. I will consult with the board of education to determine next steps and continue to work with parents, students, faculty and staff to move this district in a positive direction.”

Board of Education President Mikki Kanagy is disappointed with the results.

“There will be difficult decisions ahead that will directly affect our students and families,” Kanagy said. “We are blessed to have a wonderful staff at West Branch and we will continue to do our best to provide a quality education.”

Already this year, West Branch cut busing and implemented pay-to-play for student athletes.

In the last two years, the district cut 20 positions, shifted responsibilities and eliminated programming.

It was 1993 when West Branch passed its last tax increase.

The district tried passing the income tax last November as well.

See all of the election results here

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