Gibsonburg Schools ask for levy for first time in 19 years - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Gibsonburg Schools ask for levy for first time in 19 years

SANDUSKY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There are 141 school levies that will appear on ballots across Ohio next Tuesday. One of them is in Gibsonburg.

Voters there will decide on an earned income tax. The Gibsonburg School District hasn't come to the voters for help since 1994, but school leaders say they hope voters will support the 1 percent income tax.

"We haven't had an operating levy in 19 years," said Superintendent Tom Peiffer. "That's just unheard of."

The district has lost $1.4 million in state funding in recent years. Now they are asking for a 10-year, 1 percent earned income tax.

"We thought the idea of an earned income tax [because] our senior citizens – their pension wouldn't be taxed, their investments wouldn't be taxed," Peiffer said. "And for our agriculture community, they bare such a large burden right now – we're trying to do something that would make it fair."

Peiffer says the district has been doing its part. They have downsized over the past seven years, letting go of more than 20 administrators. He says any more cuts would be detrimental to the district.

"We've already made a lot of our cuts," he said. "There's really nowhere we can go now, other than to the voters, because the State of Ohio is simply taking that money away from us."

If approved, the levy would generate almost $1 million a year. Peiffer says that money would replace revenue they've lost. No new programs would be funded, the district needs the money to just maintain their current programs.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Man's body pulled from water at Put-in-Bay

    Man's body pulled from water at Put-in-Bay

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:50 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:50:42 GMT
    (Source: uscg.mil)(Source: uscg.mil)
    (Source: uscg.mil)(Source: uscg.mil)

    An identification has not yet been given, but Coast Guard officials said they believe this is a person who had been reported missing late last night.

    More >>

    An identification has not yet been given, but Coast Guard officials said they believe this is a person who had been reported missing late last night.

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Milo the pig at center of family's fight in Sylvania Township

    VIDEO: Milo the pig at center of family's fight in Sylvania Township

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:35 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:35:53 GMT

    After a Sylvania Township family received notice that their pet pig is not permitted under Sylvania Township ordinances, they've taken the pig's plight public with a petition drive. The Crandell family are the keepers of Milo, who is deemed as both a pet and an emotional support animal for Todd Crandell. After a neighbor called Sylvania Township officials to report Milo, the family was informed they had 30 days to get rid of him. Sylvania Township has an ordinance that prevent...

    More >>

    After a Sylvania Township family received notice that their pet pig is not permitted under Sylvania Township ordinances, they've taken the pig's plight public with a petition drive. The Crandell family are the keepers of Milo, who is deemed as both a pet and an emotional support animal for Todd Crandell. After a neighbor called Sylvania Township officials to report Milo, the family was informed they had 30 days to get rid of him. Sylvania Township has an ordinance that prevent...

    More >>
  • Giraffe calf dies after birth at Port Clinton's Watering Hole Safari

    Giraffe calf dies after birth at Port Clinton's Watering Hole Safari

    Friday, June 22 2018 2:22 PM EDT2018-06-22 18:22:35 GMT
    The Watering Hole Safari's giraffe's calf died after being born Thursday morning. (Source: WTOL)The Watering Hole Safari's giraffe's calf died after being born Thursday morning. (Source: WTOL)

    Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark personnel are mourning the loss of their giraffe Macey's calf, which died after an early birth Thursday. The waterpark said Macey went into labor at 5 a.m. Thursday and delivered the calf at 8:47 a.m. "Even though the vets and staff tried every effort, the calf did not survive," the park's Facebook post said. Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark Macey lives at the Watering Hole Safari at Monsoon Lagoon in Port Clinton. The adult giraffe is doing we...

    More >>

    Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark personnel are mourning the loss of their giraffe Macey's calf, which died after an early birth Thursday. The waterpark said Macey went into labor at 5 a.m. Thursday and delivered the calf at 8:47 a.m. "Even though the vets and staff tried every effort, the calf did not survive," the park's Facebook post said. Monsoon Lagoon Waterpark Macey lives at the Watering Hole Safari at Monsoon Lagoon in Port Clinton. The adult giraffe is doing we...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly