ENGLEWOOD — A bond issue for the renovation and expansion of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center failed Tuesday night.
The bond issue narrowly failed by a 52-48 margin. More than 27,000 votes were cast in Montgomery, Preble, Miami, Darke, Warren and Butler counties, with voters in Miami County voting 54-46 percent in favor.
“We are deeply disappointed in the outcome of the May 2, 2017 election, but find solace in the commitment of our thousands of supporters who did turn out to vote,” MVCTC Superintendent Nick Weldy said.
The funds generated by the 30-year bond issue would have been used to address infrastructure issues in the nearly 50-year-old buildings, expand the center’s facilities and upgrade its technology. The state agreed to fund 47 percent of the project if voters approved the rest of the funding.
According to Weldy, MVCTC will have another opportunity to take the bond issue back to the voters and still retain funding from the state.
“If we do not pass the bond and levy issue in a future ballot initiative, the full cost of remodeling and maintenance of the existing facilities will be asked of the taxpayers to fund,” Weldy added. “We are optimistic that with our support base, we can get this passed and continue to offer high quality career technical education that the Miami Valley region needs to continue to see economic growth.”
The passage of the bond would have also allowed the center to expand its facilities and accept more of the 200-300 students that are turned away on an annual basis due to space constraints, Weldy said.
In Miami County, students from Bethel, Tipp City, Milton-Union, and Miami East schools have the option to attend MVCTC.
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