Buckeye Local levy defeated

ADENA — Voters in the Buckeye Local School District turned down a 2-mill continuing improvement levy during Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the boards of elections in Jefferson, Harrison and Belmont counties.

The levy would have funded basic operations and improvements in the school district, including purchase of books and buses, building maintenance, equipment, renovations, computers and more. Also, the levy would have raised an estimated $500,000 annually, and there would be no expiration date for the levy.

The Buckeye Local School District services about 2,000 pupils and students in the municipalities of Smithfield, Rayland, Mingo Junction, Martins Ferry, Brilliant, Yorkville, Tiltonsville, New Alexandria, Mount Pleasant, Dillonvale and Adena.

The district is spread over three counties, including Jefferson, Belmont and Harrison. According to unofficial results from Jefferson County, 2,244 voters voted for the proposal, while 3,665 voters cast ballots against the proposal. In Harrison County, 184 voters approved the levy, and 223 voters cast votes against the levy, and in Belmont County, 154 voters cast ballots for the levy, while 255 voters cast votes against the levy.

According to Superintendent Mark Miller, district leaders will be re-evaluating Buckeye’s next step.

“We’ll go back and re-assess our finances and the different options,” said Miller, adding the matter will be discussed with school board members and those who worked on the levy campaign. “We’ll have to make a decision on what to do.”