(BEACHWOOD) A combined 8.7-mill bond issue/operating levy fell by the narrowest of margins, just eight votes in the city of Beachwood. The unofficial totals were 2003 against the levy (50.1%) to 1995 (49.9%) for the proposal that would cost another $302 for every $100,000 of housing valuation in the city.
The combined levy included a bond issue that would have raised $38.8-million dollars to demolished two schools, 62-year-old Byrden and Hilltop, and remodeled Fairmount School, making it into one large elementary school. The Hilltop property would become a community park and the Dryden site a development of single family homes.
Beachwood has not gone to voters with an operating levy in 13 years. Beachwood has ranked as one of Ohio's best school districts, the high school ranked #60 in Ohio according to a 2018 USNews & World Report survey.
There are still unreported absentee ballots and the results for Issue 2 are unofficial.
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