Findlay school voters approve continuing levy

Findlay School District residents made a decision on Tuesday that they can never take back.
District voters renewed a 5.9-mill operating levy for Findlay City Schools on a continuing basis, meaning it will last forever, as opposed to the five-year approval it received from voters last time.
The levy passed with 3,016 voters or 66.45 percent backing it. Only 1,523 voted against the levy.
“We are very excited and thankful that our voters approved this,” said Superintendent Dean Wittwer. “This is big.”
The owner of a house appraised at $100,000 will continue paying about $186 a year with the renewal, according to the Hancock County Auditor’s Office.
Wittwer said the school district will now be able to plan better for the $4.8 million the levy generates annually.
“Now we don’t have to make some of those tough decisions,” Wittwer said. “It is a relief.”
During the years a levy is up for a vote, the Findlay district has to prepare for the worst. If the 5.9-mill levy didn’t pass, it would have meant cuts and increased class sizes.
School district members, the school board and the levy campaign’s co-chairs were responsible for the levy’s success, Wittwer said Tuesday night.
Several other area school districts, including Liberty-Benton, Arcadia, McComb and Cory-Rawson, already have continuing operating levies in place.
The Findlay levy, first approved by voters in 1994, makes up 8.7 percent of the district’s annual revenue and brings in about $4.8 million a year for operating expenses such as textbooks, equipment, supplies, utilities and teacher salaries.
Due to the levy’s classification as “continuing,” the annual revenue from it will never increase, even if property values rise. The district would have to pass a completely new levy to get more money, according to officials at the Hancock County Auditor’s Office.
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