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Cleveland schools tax increase, Issue 68, passing with more than 60% of the vote, with most votes in

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The measure was passing by 61% to 39% on Election Day, according to unofficial results. That includes about 99% of in-person voting, with absentee and early in-person voting partially counted. Vote numbers come to 73,287 to 46,421.

The measure is forecasted to raise about $87 million per year for the district. About $66.5 million is from the renewal, with about $20.6 mill from the increase.

Tax collection for Cleveland schools doesn’t predominantly come from Cleveland’s residents; the past five years has been split 33% residential, 54% commercial and 13% public utilities.

The school district sent out a statement late Tuesday thanking Cleveland voters.

“We are grateful to the voters of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, who even in these difficult times continue to support children by approving operating levies that help maintain and improve their learning experience and prepare them for the future. With the approval of an existing levy and a 5-mill increase, we will be able to build on our efforts to guarantee a quality education for all our students.”

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