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Cleveland Schools Issue 107 passes

Voters took to the polls Tuesday for Issue 107 for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The levy passed.    

Supporters say it needed to pass to avoid a $50M deficit.  But opponents say voters can't afford the extra property tax.

Clevelanders like Jermaine King look down on the property tax increase.

"People can barely make their payment now" said King.

Parents like Maria Dillard of Cleveland were relieved to learn art and physical education programs will be sparred.

"A lot of kids don't have a chance to do that so that's good that they have the funding" said Dillard.

Mayor Frank Jackson and School District CEO Eric Gordon both had a lot riding on Issue 107.

Jackson developed a plan to revitalize the district and even battled it out with lawmakers in Columbus to help change state law.

Had the issue failed, the district says there would have been a $50M deficit for the district. Officials say that means 500 job losses.

Residents are looking at nearly $300 more a year in property tax to pay for it. Some city council members actually came out against Issue 107.

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