By RON SELAK JR.
WARREN - A tax levy that would fund schools in Brookfield was declared a winner Tuesday, but there shouldn't be celebrating yet.
The official count gave the levy a one-vote win, 930 to 929, but the process isn't over. Because the margin of victory is less than one-half of 1 percent, a recount is automatic, and it will be 2:30 p.m. Monday.
The Trumbull County Board of Elections certified the May 7 election results after counting all the acceptable provisional and absentee ballots into the mix with votes from the polls. An unofficial three-vote edge the levy had on Election Day - 927 to 924 - was reduced to just the one vote when numbers were finalized.
Six provisional ballots and two absentee ballots were added. One provisional ballot cast in the race was rejected because the voter voted in the wrong polling location.
Unofficial, incomplete results from Election Day for the Brookfield levy:
FOR - 927AGAINST - 924
Official, complete results for the levy certified Tuesday:
FOR - 930AGAINST - 929
A recount is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday.
''This was the only contest that falls into the automatic recount,'' elections board Director Kelly Pallante said.
For the recount, 5 percent of all ballots cast in the race will be counted by hand. The elections board will randomly pick one of the township's precincts for the ballots that will be recounted before Monday's recount.
The 4.85-mill levy will raise $606,000 a year and pay for the day-to-day operations of the district, school officials have said.
Brookfield Superintendent Tim Saxton said the mood is ''still very cautiously optimistic," but bolstered by the elections board certifying the levy as a win.
''Obviously, we're looking forward to the recount process to confirm that,'' Saxton said.
Also, write-in candidate for treasurer in Girard, Amanda Teutsch, qualified to be on November's general election ballot. Teutsch, a former reporter for the Tribune Chronicle, needed 50 write-in votes to advance. She received 72.
Her advancing sets up a potential three-way race in the fall. Mark Zuppo Sr. and Harry DePietro have filed for the seat as independent candidates.