By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
VANLUE — Voters in the Vanlue area approved a 10-year renewal of the school district’s $325,000-a-year emergency levy Tuesday.
The levy passed by 199 (60.49 percent) votes to 130 (39.51 percent). The totals include a small number of votes from Wyandot County residents.
The revenue funds operating expenses such as “educational programs, instructional materials, career development, building maintenance, transportation, athletics, music, along with visual arts,” Superintendent Traci Conley said before the vote.
The levy was first passed in May 2009 as a combination of two older emergency levies.
Passage of the levy Tuesday came after a different proposal failed in November. The district asked then for a substitute levy that would have generated $325,000 in the first year, with the possibility to increase revenue with new construction. That levy would have been continuous.
The levy that passed Tuesday will produce $325,000 every year, regardless of new construction or changes in property values. Collection begins in 2020.
The levy costs $207.20 annually on a home valued at $100,000.