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There are 141 school
levies that will appear on ballots across Ohio next Tuesday. One of them is in
Voters there will decide
on an earned income tax. The Gibsonburg School District hasn't come to the
voters for help since 1994, but school leaders say they hope voters will
support the 1 percent income tax.
"We haven't had an
operating levy in 19 years," said Superintendent Tom Peiffer. "That's just
The district has lost $1.4
million in state funding in recent years. Now they are asking for a 10-year, 1
percent earned income tax.
"We thought the idea of an
earned income tax [because] our senior citizens – their pension wouldn't be
taxed, their investments wouldn't be taxed," Peiffer said. "And for our
agriculture community, they bare such a large burden right now – we're trying
to do something that would make it fair."
Peiffer says the district
has been doing its part. They have downsized over the past seven years, letting
go of more than 20 administrators. He says any more cuts would be detrimental to
"We've already made a lot
of our cuts," he said. "There's really nowhere we can go now, other than to the
voters, because the State of Ohio is simply taking that money away from us."
If approved, the levy
would generate almost $1 million a year. Peiffer says that money would replace
revenue they've lost. No new programs would be funded, the district needs the
money to just maintain their current programs.