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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Southwest Local School Issue Rejected By Voters; Municipal Levies Pass

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Ann Thompson
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WVXU

Voters in the Southwest Local School District rejected a combination bond issue and tax levy for new school construction Tuesday, while voters in two Hamilton County communities passed tax levy renewals.

Tuesday was an election day in Ohio, but very little was on the ballot and most polling places were closed. Warren and Clermont counties had nothing on the ballot.

In the Southwest Local School District, which includes 14 precincts in Hamilton County and one in Butler County, 57 percent of those who went to the polls rejected the combined bond issue and tax levy. It would have funded construction of a new junior high school and renovations to William Henry Harrison High School.

For an August election, turnout in the school district was relatively high – nearly 29 percent.

In Mount Healthy, voters overwhelming approved a tax renewal for current expenses. The vote was 175 to 49, but the voter turnout in Mount Healthy was only five percent.

In Elmwood Place, 6.35 percent of the voters turned out to approve two tax levy renewals.

One was for police services and it passed with 65 votes in favor and 13 against. The second was to pay for fire and emergency medical services; and 63 voted in favor while 13 were opposed.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.