Voters in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District rejected a permanent improvement levy Tuesday that will pay for new textbooks, equipment and more.
District residents in Monroe and parts of Noble and Belmont counties cast 3,078 votes against the measure and 1,926 in favor.
The district had placed the additional 2.5-mill, three-year levy on the ballot.
The levy was identical to one that was in place from 1995-2011, until it was voted down.
School officials said the levy was critical because it would have paid for updated textbooks, transportation, classroom technology and repair equipment at Swiss Hills Career Center. Since the levy's initial failure, the general fund has been picking up the expenses it had covered. As a result, major purchases, such as new buses, have been put off.
Switzerland is the largest school district in Ohio in terms of geography, spanning more than 546 square miles. Its buses travel an estimated 5,000 miles a day.
The bulk of the levy would have gone toward safe transportation, up-to-date technology and textbooks. The money only could have been used for items that are going to last more than five years. It cannot go toward construction of the new schools the district is building.