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Ohio County School Levy Vote Is Today

Special election held to renew excess levy

WHEELING — Today is Election Day in Ohio County as voters decide whether to renew an Ohio County Schools excess levy.

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

There is just the one issue up for consideration in this special election, and voters will mark “for” or “against” on a paper ballot.

“I would encourage to get out and vote,” said Superintendent Kim Miller. “I thank them for their support in helping us to create an amazing school system.

“We will continue to do our best to be an excellent school system.”

The current levy expires June 30. If the renewal is approved today, the levy would be extended through June 30, 2025.

The language asks voters whether they wish to authorize the continuation of the levy for five tax years beginning July 1, 2020.

The levy will mean no additional taxes to the district.

It is expected to generate $19,048,992 for the next five years — an amount equal to just under a third of the school district’s annual budget of about $67 million.

The levy costs taxpayers 22.95 cents for each $100 of assessed value. Under this formula, a taxpayer with a home assessed at $100,000 pays $229.50 annually.

The levy is separate from the $42.2 million bond levy passed last year, which was specifically for property improvements throughout Ohio County Schools. The levy up for consideration today instead provides funding for salaries and benefits, school maintenance, instructional materials, transportation and community service support.

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