Northwood tax loss hangs on 9 ballots


The Northwood school district’s request for additional tax money for a new school building was narrowly defeated in Tuesday’s voting, but officials hope that nine outstanding provisional ballots will be enough to tip the scales their way.

In the unofficial count, the tax request lost by six votes, 699 to 694. A majority of 'yes' votes is needed to pass the levy. Debbie Hazard, deputy director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said three provisional ballots were cast in each of the city of Northwood’s three precincts, but it wasn’t known if the voters casting them were residents of the Northwood school district, Lake or Rossford. The vote is to be certified Nov. 21; if the margin is within 0.5 percent, an automatic recount will be ordered, she said.

Northwood Superintendent Greg Clark said “it is mathematically possible” that the tax request will turn out to be successful, and “we are in a waiting mode.”