Votes remained the same in the Wednesday recount of the Fairfield school bond issue

Levy initially failed in November election

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- The Butler County Board of Elections has recounted the Fairfield schools bond issue.

It took a day and a half to recount the Fairfield City Schools bond issue, which includes counting a sample of 750 ballots by hand, and the margin stayed the same: 6,591 against the levy, 6,560 for the levy.

The Butler COunty Board of Elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro told the Journal-News that a change in the total vote wasn't anticipated.

The levy initially failed in the November general election but the margin was slim enough to trigger a recount.

The Butler County Board of Elections started a recount Tuesday morning and it was completed by Wednesday.

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The school district was pushing the 2.62-mill bond issue so it could move forward with construction plans.

The bond issue would have pulled $19 million from the state to help with construction of new schools. The bond issue also would have generated $61 million for the project.

If it holds, the school board will try another levy in May, 2014.

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