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Anthony Wayne Schools' funding depends on renewal levy

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WHITEHOUSE, OH (Toledo News Now) – A local district is going back to voters in November. Anthony Wayne Schools is hoping to renew its $3 million levy in order to keep money in the district.

Because the district has not received new money since 2003, officials are hoping to renew that emergency levy. The district's treasurer says this money is vital, especially as revenue continues to decrease.

"We moved here because of the school district. We were looking for a house, and Anthony Wayne just super-impressed us," said Kathy Bethel, an Anthony Wayne Parent.

District officials say Anthony Wayne Schools have many reasons to brag.

"We've had 11 straight years of being rated excellent by Ohio Department of Education," said Kerri Johnson, Anthony Wayne Schools Treasurer.

Administrators say they have managed that while keeping taxes relatively low.

"We have the lowest cost per pupil of the Lucas County schools. We also have the lowest effective millage in Lucas County, which means the community members of the Anthony Wayne School District pay less tax dollars here than they would if they lived in a neighboring school district," said Johnson.

However, revenue is declining. The district lost $2.3 million in state federal aid last year. They expect to lose another million this year. Last year was the first time the district deficit spent in nearly a decade.

"We're projected to deficit spend again. It's not a pattern we want to get into right now," said Johnson.

The district has watched its money closely. For example, it did not replace eight retired teachers this year. It also uses a credit card to earn money back.

Johnson says the fixed sum levy is increasingly important. Fixed sum means the millage adjusts to get to the $3 million amount.

"It's all about maintaining the tradition of excellence," said Johnson.

The district wants to renew the levy for 10 years. Bethel thinks it has enough support. 

"Sometimes they're hesitant, but the community seems so very supportive of the school. It's always done really good things," said Bethel. 

Anthony Wayne covers Whitehouse, Waterville, Monclova Township and portions of Wood and Fulton counties.

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