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Oregon school board adds levy to May ballot

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Oregon school board voted unanimously to put a levy on the May 7 ballot at their meeting Tuesday.

Board members want voters to know this levy won't cost them any more money than what they're already paying.

The board approved a 5-year permanent improvement levy of 2 mills. It's not a new tax, but will replace the levy that expires at the end of the year. If it passes, it will raise a little over $1 million for major building repairs, technology upgrades, bus purchases, and textbooks.

The levy cannot be used for salaries. Board member Jeff Ziviski said the money will also go to security upgrades at each school.

Putting the levy on a special election will cost the school money, but school leaders are confident it will be worth the price.

"If this renewal is not approved by the community, then that money will have to be taken from our general fund," explained Oregon Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar. "That will negatively impact the classroom and our educational programs."

If the levy passes, the district said homeowners will pay $61 per year for every $100,000 value of their homes.

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