The Press Newspaper
The Oregon City Schools district has a 5.9-mill five-year emergency operating levy on Tuesday’s ballot.
The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. If passed, the levy is expected to bring in $3.4 million annually.
In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.
If the levy does not pass, the school board will reduce the operating budget by about $2 million for the 2011 – 2012 school year by cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program, reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.
If the levy passes, the district would be in good shape financially for the next five years, according to its five year forecast.
Northwood voters on Tuesday will decide whether to approve a .25 increase in the municipal income tax.
The income tax rate, currently at 1.5 percent, would increase to 1.75 percent if the measure is approved.
City officials in the last year have made drastic cuts in personnel and services as a result of a reduction of income tax revenue collected due to the poor economy.
Council during the summer debated the need for a tax increase, as well as other options, including charging residents for refuse collection, and reducing or eliminating tax credits to residents who work outside the city.
Council several weeks ago rejected the latter two options, and approved placing the 25 percent municipal income tax increase for three years on Tuesday’s ballot. The revenue would provide funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses.
Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press last week that choosing to place the measure on the ballot was the better option because it allows residents to decide whether to contribute more payroll taxes instead of the alternatives of more budget cuts, paying a refuse collection fee, or having tax credits reduced or eliminated. Council has the authority to bill residents for refuse collection and eliminate or reduce the tax credit.
Oregon city council on Monday will consider a contract with the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity to provide $40,000 of Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds for the construction of two single family homes in the city.
Daily, thousands are flocking to local Internet cafes in scenes reminiscent of European cafes. The cafes are becoming a gathering place in urban neighborhoods.
The second Denny’s restaurant in Wood County will open Sunday, October 31, 8:00 pm at the Flying J Travel Plaza at 26415 Warns Road in Perrysburg, just off Interstate 280 at exit 16.