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TPS to campaign for new levy on Nov. ballot

The TPS School Board unanimously voted Monday to a put a $6.9 million tax levy on the November ballot. The TPS School Board unanimously voted Monday to a put a $6.9 million tax levy on the November ballot.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo Public Schools is officially going to the voters this November. The board unanimously voted to a put a 6.9 mill tax levy on the ballot.

TPS has not seen a new levy approved since 2001, the last time the district got new operating money. The district's last attempt at new money was back in 2010 with a 7.8 mill levy, which also failed.

That is why TPS leaders said they are taking campaigning to the next level. Board members said they are using a "different philosophy" this time with a lot of work and grassroots campaigning. A big portion of the campaign will involve volunteers speaking with voters and answering questions they might have.

TPS Board President, Lisa Sobecki, said Monday's kickoff was the first step of many, which is why she is glad they started now.

"I'm pretty proud of our administration and our board because we're actually doing it earlier than later. Normally, it would be somewhere around August time frame that the school district would come in and let the voters know that they're going to be doing a levy request. We're doing this in May," explained Sobecki.

The levy would cost the owner of a $60,000 home about $127 per year.

If the levy were to fail, the district would have to cut about $22 million.

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