A 1-mill permanent improvement levy that expires at the end of this year will be replaced by a 3.5-mill, 5-year levy if voters approve the new issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The district, however, won’t be collecting on a 2.6-mill bond issue that also expires at the end of 2008.
The net effect, says Anne Arnold, district treasurer, is an increase of about $5.52 a year for the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000.
Transportation and technology are high on the district’s list of priorities for revenue generated by the permanent improvement levy.
‘’We have come to a point…where the age of the buildings and bus fleet are making it impossible to keep up with the day to day operations on such a small permanent improvement budget. The average cost of a school bus is currently about $70,000 and that cost is expected to rise to almost $100,000 in the very near future. Some of our buses have close to 300,000 miles on them and although we do our best to maintain them, there comes a point when that is no longer possible,” a prepared statement from the administration says.
Mrs. Arnold said the district is anticipating higher bus costs because of tougher emissions standards for the vehicles.
Currently, the district receives about $6,000 a year from the state to be used for purchasing buses, she said.
Permanent improvement funds would also be used for new technology where the district has embarked on a program to replace aging computers in classrooms. On average, most of the computers and related technology are more than eight years old.
Problems with drain pipes at the elementary building have caused flooding, which will also need to be addressed, Mrs. Arnold said, adding roofs of some buildings are in need of repair.
Voters in Woodville Township will decide the fate of a 2.5-mill, 5-year renewal levy that funds emergency medical service.
Since 1996, the township EMS fund has relied on financial support from the Sandusky County Board of Commissioners. But that funding, which has been as high as $80,000 in some years, has dropped to as low as $36,000 of late – with no guarantee for future support, according to the township trustees.
County voters in 2006 approved a levy for an additional 0.25 percent sales tax for emergency medical service but that levy only supports county-owned service units. In Woodville Township, the squad is owned by the township, which also provides equipment, maintains the squad vehicle, and houses EMS personnel.
The township, since 1996, has contracted with North Central EMS to employ six licensed advanced life support medical technicians for 24-hour service based at the township fire station.
The costs have surpassed $283,250 a year, according to the township.
For the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, the cost of the levy is about $77 a year.