UTICA — Utica village residents narrowly turned down a 2.9-mill, three-year additional levy for paving and street lighting in Tuesday’s special election. A 26-percent voter turnout reported numbers of 171 votes against the levy (53.77 percent) and 147 in favor (46.23 percent) in Licking County. Only five Knox County ballots were cast with all five votes being against the levy.
“It is disappointing. Talking to the people around town explaining what the levy was for I thought we might have a pretty good chance,” Utica Mayor Lester Grennell told the News this morning.
Collection of levy funds would have begun in 2014 if approved. “We’re going have to keep an eye on our funds the rest of the year. If we can up our revenues from last year, I still think we’re going to be all right. We’re just not going to be able to do any street paving.”
As far as street lighting in the village, Grennell said there may have to be funds cut somewhere else. “That becomes a safety issue, and we really don’t want that to happen.” He expects that village council will try for another levy in the November election.
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