Bridgeport voters deny levy

BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport’s 1-mill school levy was aimed solely at funding a resource officer for the school district for the 2013-14 school year and the next four successive years.

That was the sole purpose for the levy and the reason Superintendent Ted Downing and the district didn’t wage a massive campaign.

They left it up to the voters to decide and the voters responding by voting down the five-year levy, 319-230.

What that means is the district’s current resource officer will be able to close out the school year but will not return for 2013-14.

“We’re disappointed with the turnout and the results,” Downing said. “We left it up to the community, and the community has spoken.

“I’m sure it will be a topic of discussion at the next board meeting but the board doesn’t have the extra funds to continue to supply a resource officer.

“We’ll continue to do everything we can as a district to make safety the number one priority, but we won’t have the blessings of a resource officer.”

The district has utilized a resource officer since January, funded at the board’s expense through its budget.

Those funds aren’t available next school year.

“I can look myself in the mirror and, God forbid something happen, I know the board and myself have done everything we can,” Downing said. “We gave people the opportunity, and they have spoken. We will deal with it and move on.”

  • The Village of Bethesda saw the successful passage of two levies.

A 3-mill, 5-year replacement levy aimed at assisting with salaries and operating expenses for the village’s police department passed 87-40.

A 1.5-mill, 5-year renewal levy slated to go toward road repairs, construction and related expenses also passed, with 99 voting in favor and 27 against.

  • Adena also saw two levies pass. A 2-mill replacement levy was successful with 82 voting in favor and 31 against while a 5-mill EMS renewal levy also passed, 104 voting yes and 37 no.

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleaderonline.com