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Few people will be waiting for Wood County’s distribution of real estate taxes next year with more apprehension than Vicki Schwamberger.

The Lake Township fiscal officer advised the board of trustees Tuesday that the township’s financial condition was “stable” but she had some reservations about 2010.

The trustees Tuesday approved temporary appropriations for the first quarter of the year totaling $1.92 million – the same amount appropriated for the first three months of this year.

Even with a carry-over in revenues of about $2.3 million to next year, Schwamberger said the trustees will have to be on a tight budget until the township receives its first allocation of property taxes sometime in March.  And even then, with the real estate market still shaky, there is no guarantee revenues will be robust.

“We’ll have to watch our nickels and dimes,” she said, noting the township still owes on a 2007 fire engine.

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Carbon dioxide levels in Luckey and Pemberville schools in the Eastwood district are well below the threshold that would pose a safety concern for students, according to the administration, which has retained consultants to plan a long-term solution to the problem.

“We have established baseline numbers in both buildings and know that without students, those buildings are fine,” superintendent Brent Welker, said in a newsletter to residents.

Thomas Lingenfelder, principal of Webster Elementary School, asked for assistance in evaluating the air quality at the school last month after some students passed out during a music program.

An investigation by the Wood County Health Department determined there were elevated levels of carbon dioxide in several of the classrooms. The health department later determined the source was the students and teachers in each classroom and that simply venting the rooms with fresh air from the windows lowered the carbon dioxide to levels considered acceptable.

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With about seven meetings under his belt, Dennis Fetzer, who was appointed to a seat on Woodville Village Council in September, says he’s becoming more comfortable with the responsibilities of the office.

Fetzer said he applied for the open seat because, “I wanted to help make a difference in Woodville.  To be specific, I wanted to help make Woodville a better community to live, shop, and work.”

When asked what he thought it would be like as a member of council, he stated: “With the new sewer separation project about to begin, I anticipated many long committee meetings and legislative decisions needed to be made.”

He replaced Bob Hathaway, who submitted his resignation in August, citing a planned move to Florida.

Village Solicitor Bob Kuhlman swore Fetzer into office on Sept. 14.  He was the only nomination from council to fill the position. Mayor Richard Harman then appointed him to be the chairman of the Recreation and Parks Development Committee and to be a member of the Environmental, Planning and Community Development Committee and Public Safety Committee.

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Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials say they have been made aware of a possible major crisis for Ohio’s public libraries.

TLCPL Oregon Branch manager Mary Beth Gratop is among those librarians state-wide urging local residents to put pressure on the Ohio Senate to pass House Bill 318.

According to the Ohio Library Council, this proposal would postpone the final cut in the state income tax. Although this proposal means that Ohioans will not pay any more state income taxes than they did in 2009, it will provide enough money to the state to balance the budget next year, a TLCPL press release states.

The TLCPL has already been impacted by an 18 percent cut from the Public Library Fund when the state budget was approved earlier this year.

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Life can be rewarding without a four-year college degree

No Bachelors, No ProblemThe single most difficult financial decision a teenager will make is whether to go to college or not.

The average cost for four years at a private college is $105,092; the cost to commute at a four-year public college is $28,080, according to College Board, an association of 5,700 colleges and universities.

The average young adult graduates with $19,000 in student loan debt and thousands in credit card debt, according to a 2008 Press report entitled Young, Educated and Broke. At the current fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent, a borrower would pay about $219 a month for 10 years.

Here’s two horror stories to consider before you, or your child, take the plunge into such debt.

Ryan, 31, a married father of two, owes $70,000 in student loans and collection fees. Because of bad luck, naivety, and a poor credit rating, he has a car payment of $450 a month at 15 percent interest. His creditors garnished his wages before he was laid off in January. Unless Ryan’s situation dramatically improves, he’ll eventually have his Social Security garnished.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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