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State auditor to decide if Brookfield Schools will be in fiscal emergency

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BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - As the outcome of Brookfield Schools' levy hangs in the balance, the state auditor is set to decide whether or not the district will be in fiscal emergency next week.

At Thursday's school board meeting, auditor representatives said the district is projected to have a $1,018,000 deficit at the end of this fiscal year June 30.

Superintendent Tim Saxton said it's most likely going to happen even though they already cut $686,000 in staff and other expenditures this year.

"But it hasn't been enough and we continue to get hit from the state and we're taking cuts that we really have no control over along with charter school operations that unfortunately continue to take tax dollars away from this district," said Brookfield Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton.

The levy would not be a factor in the decision.  It could only change next year's forecast.

The unofficial results show the levy passed by three votes but Saxton says there are still seven provisional ballots and 10 absentee ballots in limbo.

The school won't know the outcome until the Trumbull County Board of Elections certifies the results May 28.

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