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Indian Creek levy is defeated

November 7, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE -A 4.95-mill combination levy/bond issue for Indian Creek Local School District was defeated Tuesday by district voters, according to unofficial results from the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

According to unofficial tallies, 5,804 voters cast ballots against the issue, while 4,479 voters voted for the measure. This was the second time district voters rejected the measure.

The district serves about 2,400 pupils and students in Mingo Junction, Wintersville, Bloomingdale, Unionport and portions of Steubenville's 6th Ward. The proposal required just one "yes" or "no" vote for the combined levy and bond issue proposal, according to district Superintendent John Rocchi. The proposal included a 3.5-mill bond issue that would raise about $16.3 million for construction of a new district high school on the grounds of the present high school; and an additional 1.45-mill, five-year operating levy for district operations, said Rocchi.

The $16.3 million raised through the bond proposal would have been the district's portion for construction of a new high school, while the Ohio School Facilities Commission would have contributed another $8 for construction of a district building if the bond measure had passed. Also, built into that bond proposal was another $5.7 million for renovations of existing facilities.

The bond issue was for 37 years, while the levy would expire in five years. The proposal also would have included improvements for the Robert J. Kettlewell Memorial Stadium.

Rocchi couldn't be reached for comment early today.

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