Edison school levy is approved

HAMMONDSVILLE – Voters in the Edison Local School District Tuesday gave the thumbs up to a levy proposal barely turned down by district voters in the Nov. 5 election.

According to unofficial tallies from the Jefferson County Board of Elections, 2,493 voters, or 52.45 percent, voted for the levy, while 2,260, or 47.55 percent, voted against the proposal.

The levy proposal asked voters for an additional 5.9 mills for current expenses and will raise an estimated $1.96 million annually for the district. It was barely turned down by district voters on Nov. 5. The district encompasses more than 1,900 students and pupils from Hammondsville, Richmond, Knoxville, Irondale, Pleasant Hill, Amsterdam, Bergholz, Empire, Stratton and other areas in the northern edge of Jefferson County. The levy will fund district operations, including buses, building maintenance, food services, salaries, wages, benefits of employees and utilities.

Superintendent Bill Beattie had said if the levy passed busing would resume to the high school for the 2014-15 school year.

“The Edison Local School District is elated with the passing of this levy, and we would like to thank the voters for their support,” he said early today.

(Miller can be contacted at mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.)