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Levy vote in tiny village ends in tie, 63-63

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ohio – Residents of a southwest Ohio village have proof of the rallying cry made during election turnout efforts that every vote matters.

A proposed levy in Arlington Heights brought out 126 voters this week and ended in a tie – 63 voted for it, 63 against. So the levy fails for now in the tiny village tucked between Interstate 75’s northbound and southbound lanes just north of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/16wFOrf) reported the levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $241.22 in annual taxes. Village officials wanted money to repave Arlington Avenue, among their projects.

“No doubt, every vote counts,” resident Bobby Maxfield said. The 78-year-old declined to disclose how he voted, but he said he likes to keep government small and accountable, including in this village where he and his wife have lived most of their lives. Their home is about two blocks from the town hall, where they cast their votes Tuesday.

“I’m glad we voted,” he said. “It’s important.”

Resident Ronald Coffey, 76, didn’t mind acknowledging that he voted against the levy.

“I would like to see the town take some financial responsibility,” Coffey said.

Dean Carroll owns four properties in the village and campaigned for the levy, making brochures that he handed out.

“These small communities need a little more money to stay viable,” Carroll said.

Arlington Heights is less than a third of a square mile, with fewer than 750 residents. Turnout was considered high for an August special election, with nearly a third of the community’s registered voters casting a ballot.

But it wasn’t quite high enough for Carroll, who said some people have told him they meant to vote on the levy he promoted but didn’t get around to it.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections will review the ballots Aug. 19 to verify the outcome.

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