Seneca County Opportunity Center's renewal of a 0.5-mill, five-year levy for operating expenses passed by more than 5,000 votes Tuesday.
According to unofficial totals, 8,571 voters approved the levy, and 2,848 rejected it.
"I'm relieved," Superintendent Lewis Hurst said.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Lewis Hurst (left), superintendent of Seneca County Opportunity Center, and Dick Williams, director of business operations for Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities, look over election results Tuesday.
The annual cost to the owner of a $100,000 home is $6.21, according to information from Dick Williams, director of business operations for Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The levy generates about $280,000 annually.
Hurst said he thought Tuesday's election results illustrated the public's trust in the center's officials as wise stewards of taxpayer money. He said he was thankful to the community for its support and thought people saw the importance of what the center does.
Hurst said the center has lost a significant amount of state funding and still has budget constraints. He said he thought the vote margin would be narrower.
"It's tough times," he said.