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Residents divided on BG school levy

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green Schools are turning to the voters, in hopes of passing a 6.75 mill levy in May. The issue has created a charged atmosphere in the city.

Lucas Keller was walking home from school, when he noticed a "Vote no to the Bowling Green school levy" sign in his yard. He did not put up the sign, and he doesn't agree with it.

"For an organization such as Greenbriar to provide this stuff unwarranted – we didn't ask," said Keller, a BGSU student. "I mean, they make thousands of dollars off of the community, the least they can do is give something back."

So Keller changed the sign, and added one of his own that reads "Greedbriar."

Bob Maurer owns Greenbriar Realty, and says he does not agree with the proposed levy, saying the district is asking too much.

Kelly Wicks, chair of Citizens in Support of Our Schools, says that's how much money is needed for the district to cover its costs.

"The school system is forecasting a 12 or 14 million dollar deficit, just three years from now," Wicks explained. If it weren't for state cuts and continued unfunded mandates, then Bowling Green school system would not be on the ballot asking for a levy."

Superintendent Ann McVey says the district has been fiscally responsible for years. They've closed buildings and schools, and have reduced their staff. She says without this levy, the will have to cut student activities.

"Things like the arts – both visual and performing, and programs, clubs or organizations, especially at our high school," she said.

The levy will appear on the May 7 ballot.

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