At the June 15, 2020 meeting, the Perrysburg Board of Education voted to place a 1.9-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy renewal on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The current five-year levy is set to expire on December 31, 2020 and the Board is asking voters to renew the expiring levy at its current rate.
This levy is designed to ensure we are taking care of our long-term maintenance needs, from preserving our community’s school buildings and replacing aging buses to enhancing safety measures. We appreciate the community’s continued support and work hard every day to accomplish our goal of ensuring all students achieve their greatest potential while maintaining solid fiscal stewardship. Following is some information about the permanent improvement levy renewal that you may find helpful.
- Without this levy, money for such things as repairs, buses, boilers and roof maintenance would come from the general fund, leaving less money to continue our educational programs.
- This is not a new tax. This would renew a five-year 1.9-mill levy passed in 2015, which expires at the end of this year. The rate would remain the same and would collect approximately $1.5 million annually. It would continue to cost the owner of a $200,000 home $9.70 per month.
- Permanent Improvement funds may only be used for maintaining facilities, purchasing buses and acquiring other educational equipment that has a functional life of at least five years. The funds may not be used for salaries or the day-to-day operations of the school district.
- Like the owner of a home, the school district understands how problematic it can be to defer needed maintenance, like replacing a roof, for example. If this would be deferred and permitted to deteriorate, costs could potentially balloon to include such things as the replacement of walls, furniture and carpet.
- Perrysburg Schools first passed a permanent improvement levy in 1980 and the community has renewed it every five years since that time.
As a result of the community’s continued support over the generations, Perrysburg Schools has remained a destination district. This has contributed to keeping property values high and homes in the school district very desirable, even during these unprecedented times.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thomas L. Hosler
419-874-9131 ext. 2103