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The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is seeking a 2.9-mill property tax renewal and an additional .8 mill levy, and the 9-1-1 public safety communication system is requesting a 0.7 mill renewal on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

Jason Kucsma, deputy director of The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, said fifty percent of the library’s budget comes from property taxes.

Failure to pass the levies would mean “severe” cuts in library services over the next several years, he said.

A $311,676 grant was awarded to The Imagination Station, the hands-on science learning center in Toledo, it was announced last week.

The grant is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Museums. The funding will bolster efforts by Imagination Station to help parents, program staff, and volunteers to promote an interest in science and to facilitate research and integration of design features to improve the quality of visitor experience.

District 3 Councilman Peter J. Ujvagi says Toledo has lost $87 million over the last six years because of tax revenue the state no longer distributes to local government

In 2008, state government distributed to Toledo just under $25 million from local government funds, estate taxes and property tax disbursements. In 2016, that was closer to $8 million — a difference of $17 million.

 After completing its second refinancing of debt incurred for school buildings, the Genoa school district is saving $760,750.

 The school board recently completed the refinancing of its outstanding debt for the elementary school building by issuing new bonds at an interest rate of 2.62 percent over 21 years, according to Bill Nye, district treasurer.

 The former interest rate was 4.78 percent, he said. The bonds being refinanced, in the amount of $4.37 million, were originally sold in 2009.  The refinancing was completed on Sept. 28.

 A five-month undercover operation by the Ottawa County Drug Task Force has resulted in seven persons being indicted for trafficking and possession charges, Mark Mulligan, county prosecutor, said.

 The county grand jury has issued indictments for:

• Jacob Kilpatrick, 20, Toledo, for one count of trafficking in heroin. The charge is a felony due to the grand jury specifying the alleged offense was committed in the vicinity of a juvenile.

• Fernando Gonzales, 26, Sandusky, for one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count each in complicity to trafficking in cocaine and heroin – all fifth degree felonies.




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