NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Almost 66% of voters rejected an additional 1.75% earned income tax levy for Newton Falls Schools, according to unofficial results.
The income tax would have applied to anyone living in the district.
In a school newsletter, Superintendent Paul Woodard said the district is having financial problems because enrollment has dropped and they’re not getting enough funding. He said they’re losing students to things like community schools, private schools, homeschooling and open enrollment.
Over the last school year, Newton Falls Schools lost over $300,000 to community and STEM schools and over $350,000 to open enrollment.
Since 2010, the district lost 450 students, equating to over $2.7 million, according to Woodard.
Newton Falls Schools had to cut 32 staff positions and several programs, as well as close the elementary building.