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 With an operating levy on the ballot for the third time this year, the financial condition of the Woodmore School District dominated the discussion at a forum held Tuesday by the school board.

 Board members scheduled the forum, which drew about 35 people, to listen to the concerns residents may have about the district’s operations.

 In response to the first question from resident Wayne Sandrock about the impact of the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program on the district’s property tax collections and an audit of the district being conducted by the state, Jaime Pearson, district treasurer, estimated the school system’s share of CAUV-generated tax revenues at about $88,000 this year.

East Toledo residents attending a public forum at the East Toledo Family Center on September 29 asked Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson questions on what her administration is doing to repair roads, improve neighborhoods, and spur economic development in East Toledo.

Some questions were submitted anonymously on cards from the audience. One of the questions noted that there have been road improvements in Toledo, but not much in East Toledo. “What is the plan for the streets in East Toledo?”

Oregon City Council recently approved the purchase of two vehicles for the Street Division in the Department of Public Service.

The city bought a 2017 Ford Transit Van 350 HD, and a Ford F-150 4x4 truck from Mathews Oregon Ford, Navarre Avenue.

The Ford Transit Van 350 was purchased for $39,975, and the Ford F-150 4x4 truck was purchased for $30,817.

Mathews Oregon Ford provided quotes that were lower than the State of Ohio Purchasing Program for both vehicles, according to Mayor Mike Seferian. The quote for the van was $3,292 lower than the state purchasing program’s quote of $43,267.

A public forum that provided voters in Lucas County and Toledo with information regarding six levy issues that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot was held Sept. 29 at the East Toledo Family Center, which sponsored the event, along with One Voice for East Toledo.

The levies include a 0.75 mill property tax renewal for the Toledo Zoo; a 0.17 mill property tax renewal for the Imagination Station; a three-quarter percent income tax renewal for the City of Toledo; a 1.4 mill property tax renewal and a 0.4 mill additional tax for Lucas County Children’s Services; a 2.9 mill property tax renewal and an additional .8 mill levy for the Toledo-Lucas County Library; and a 0.7 mill renewal for the 9-1-1 public safety communication system.

Northwood resident Glenn Hill and his family embody what it means to pay it forward.

For the last five years, the Toledo firefighter, his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Garrett and Marci, have worked to sell pumpkins — multi-colored, white, pink, green — plus mums, gourds, corn stalks, straw and craft items at their farm in Northwood.
The kicker is they sell pumpkins to raise money for a local family in need. Instead of finding a charity, the Hills locate a family that has fallen on hard times and give 100 percent of the proceeds directly to them.
This year, the revenue from the farm's sales are going to a family that recently lost its patriarch. The mother, 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter are without Dad, who passed away suddenly in August from a brain aneurysm at 38 years old.
"They're facing some financial issues. They're faced with the fact that they've lost their father and breadwinner," said Glenn Hill. "Two young kids losing a father. It's heartbreaking."




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