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PRIMARY ELECTION | Update: Liberty voters reject levy in tight race

Voters on Tuesday cast 634 ballots against the levy, or 51 percent, and 610 ballots in favor of the levy, or 49 percent.
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WARREN — Liberty school district voters narrowly rejected a five-year 2.5-mill levy which would have generated about $564,000 for permanent capital improvements at the district’s seven buildings.

Voters on Tuesday cast 634 ballots against the levy, or 51 percent, and 610 ballots in favor of the levy, or 49 percent.

Administrators said the proposed improvements would include:

• New roofs for Liberty High School and Blott Guy PK-6 School;
• A new data server, computers and security systems;
• A new HVAC unit atop the high school;
• And updates to the bus fleet and snow removal equipment.

The levy would have cost $87.50 a year to the owner of a home valued at $100,000. District taxpayers this year are no longer paying $143.50 on a bond for the high school, which has expired.

Were voters to approve the new levy, administrators elected not to renew the district’s current 0.9-mill permanent improvement levy, which generates nearly $158,000 a year and is set to expire at the end of 2024.

That levy costs $31.50 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.