Extra votes may swing levy

WARREN – Provisional and absentee ballots may very well determine the outcome of a tax levy that would fund schools in Brookfield.

”We do have provisionals in Brookfield; we do have some outstanding absentees,” said Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election show the additional 4.85-mill levy was ahead by a slim three votes, but with seven provisional and some absentee ballots left to be counted, the balance could swing when the count from Election Day is certified official.

Provisional ballots are issued to people who don’t have the correct identification, move and don’t update their address or don’t appear in the poll book. They are held for 10 days from Election Day to be reviewed by the board for the voter’s eligibility. Ballots not rejected by the board will be added and made part of the final tally, which must be made official by May 28.

Also, the 10-day window allows the board to continue to receive mailed absentee ballots, which are ballots not voted at the polls.

The levy, if it receives final approval, would raise $606,000 a year and pay for the day-to-day operations of the district, including student programming, instructional material and for staff. It would cost $149 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. Senior citizens who qualify for the Homestead exemption would pay less, about $111 a year.