Alex Schools sign

This sign sits at the entrance of the Alexander Local Schools complex near Albany.

Athens County Board of Elections officials confirmed Monday that Alexander Local School District’s 1% earned-income-tax levy passed by a single vote after an official state-mandated recount of the Board of Elections’ official tally for the primary election on May 7.

The total number of votes for the levy was 1,184, while the total number of votes against the levy was 1,183, elections officials confirmed today (June 3).

Because of the slim margin between the vote totals, an official recount was required to occur per Ohio law (since the difference between yes and no fell within half of 1 percent of the total vote). That recount happened today, and it reaffirmed the Board of Election’s certification count that occurred in late May.

Alexander Supt. Lindy Douglas previously said she and her district’s students and staff were excited about the levy passing.

“We were very excited to hear the final results,” Douglas said at the time when the vote total was certified last month. “We are thankful for all the hard work and time the levy committee, community supporters, and staff put into this levy. We thank those who support the school district, our students, and the programs that we are able to offer within our school.”

The 1% earned-income-tax levy, meant to fund operating expenses for the Alexander Local School District, tentatively passed during the primary election on May 7 by a tight five-vote margin. The vote at that time was 1,177 votes in favor to 1,172 votes opposed.

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