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State official recommends bond approval

I am writing in support of the West Liberty-Salem Local School District’s bond issue on the Aug. 6 ballot. The district asked for community input and responded with a combination income and property tax levy that will cost the average owner of farmland less than $100 per year.

Schools across Ohio are struggling to provide their students with a high quality education. The West Liberty-Salem Local District is no different. Passage of the .25 percent income tax levy and 3.62 mill property tax levy will fund renovations, improvements and construction additions for the district. The bottom line is that it will allow the district to meet its urgent needs like replacing roofs, windows and heating systems, while allowing for the addition of air conditioning and additional classrooms to replace modular trailer classrooms. It will also allow for some technology infrastructure upgrades and improved security and safety for students and staff.

Due to changes to recent tax law changes, the 12.5 percent rollback credits for property taxpayers on new and replacement levies will begin Nov. 1. That means that August is the last chance for property owners to take advantage of the 12.5 percent state credits and for the district to capture 71 percent state funding. So, now is the best time to act.

I urge residents of West Liberty-Salem Local School District to support high quality schools and vote yes on the combination levy.

Richard C. Lewis
OSBA executive director
Ohio School Boards Association

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