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Swanton divided on school levy

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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A levy issue has residents divided in Swanton, where school leaders want to build a new Pre-K through sixth grade building.

Some residents are printing and handing out fliers opposing the levy.

The school district is asking voters to approve a 4.4 mill bond issue next Tuesday. The money generated, paired with money from the state, would fund a brand new building, allowing the district to house all students in just two schools.

"Going from four buildings to two buildings does stand to save the taxpayers money," said Jeff Schlade, with the district.

Catherine Ray believes there is no pressing need at this time for a new building, so she and other residents are speaking out.

"I'm concerned that this levy is less about the students, and more about the legacy the board of education will be leaving," Ray said.

She thinks higher taxes will only have a negative impact on the community.

"It's a tax burden that should not be laid on our generation, or the future generation," she added.

Schlade disagrees, saying the district wants to be able to provide excellent facilities.

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