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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.