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Perhaps the most important decision of the year for the future of Ohio County children will be made today. A special election on whether to renew a special property tax levy for public schools is being held.

For as long as most people can remember, voters have renewed the levy every five years, by large margins. There is no reason for that not to happen again this time around.

Renewal of the levy will not increase taxes. Period.

Failure to renew it would deprive schools — children, really — of $18 million to $19 million a year. That is nearly 30% of total public school spending in Ohio County.

Last year –also by a big margin — voters approved another tax providing $42.2 million to be used, with state funding, for a $75.5 million project to improve school buildings. By law, that money can be used only for facilities improvement, not day-to-day operations.

Renewal of the levy today is vital to offering our children the best public education we can afford. We think voters today, like those in the past, agree that is a good use of our hard-earned money.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. today. If you have not already cast a ballot through early voting, we urge you to go to the polls today and vote in favor of the levy.

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