A tale of two levies -- convincing voters in a tough economy

Report by Tanieya Lewis - email
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Toledo Public

Nikol Nowak and Rubin Compos walk their kids to their new school building. It's thanks in part to local tax dollars from bond issues they've supported in the past.

"Our other daughter went to the old Westfield. It was just breaking apart. This is beautiful," says Nowak.

That's why this family plans to follow the same path come November and vote yes when TPS asks for money to help revitalize old high schools.

A stop-and-go economy makes saying 'yes' harder to do this time.

"Nobody can afford more taxes," says Campos, "Face it. We have to do what we have to do. But with the economy right now, it's just tough."

Nowak agrees. "It's hard to live out here now, especially with all the kids."

More information

A web site is expected to be up next week with more information on the TPS levy.

Perrysburg

In Perrysburg, a grandmother raising grandchildren says a 'yes' vote for her district is out of the question. "My husband is retired, so taxes eat us up," says Mary Cox.

Perrysburg schools are sounding the alarm, saying they need more money to operate.

Because it is an incremental levy, families would not only see a higher mill count, but the number of mills will grow until it expires in 2012.

It is a concept that, at the very least Cox says is confusing, especially when she says the district turns to families too often. "I'm sure that they could cut costs," Cox says.

Come November, families will have to decide if they have enough room in their budgets to help balance their school books.

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