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Recount upholds one-vote win for Farmington levy

The one-vote win for a Farmington Township road levy was upheld after a recount.

The Trumbull County Board of Elections did a hand count of the ballots and then ran them through its high-speed optical scanner to count them again Tuesday, said director Stephanie Penrose.

The results were the same as the ones certified Nov. 18: A 173-172 win for the new tax.

“It should show people, for sure, that every vote counts,” Penrose said.

The one-vote margin of victory was 0.28 of a percent. Boards of elections in Ohio are required to have automatic recounts if the margin is at least 0.5 of a percent.

When the results came in on the night of the Nov. 2 election, the 2.5-mill, five-year additional levy was losing 169-166, a margin of defeat of 0.9 of a percent.

But with 10 provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots counted, the outcome changed with seven voting in favor of the levy and three against it.

The $115,300 the levy will generate annually will be used for road, street and bridge repairs, resurfacing and construction.

The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $87.50 more in taxes per year.

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