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Pioneer levy would fund renovations

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

SHELBY - The 1-mill levy for Pioneer Joint Vocational School on Tuesday's ballot will allow the school to get $19 million from the state school building fund for construction and renovations.

Superintendent Glenna Cannon said she wants voters in the Willard and Plymouth-Shiloh school districts to understand the vocational school has already rolled back existing taxes from 4.7 mills to 2.02 mills. She explained that 4.7 mills have been approved by voters, but the school only collects 2.02 mills of that amount.

She said if the new levy passes, the district will also forego money from an existing 1 mill operating levy. "We won't collect in 2009 and we'll let it expire in 2010," Cannon said.

The levy on the ballot is for permanent improvements construction, renovation, repair, maintenance and equipment. Cannon said the money cannot be used for operating expenses or salaries.

Passage of the levy will let the vocational school get $19 from the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission program to renovate existing buildings and construct a new central entrance.

Cannon said the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $30.63 per year.

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