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TPS looks to renew 6.5 mill levy in November

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Even though the calendar says June, Toledo Public School officials are already planning for November.

Wednesday morning, the TPS school board's finance committee is expected to recommend a 6.5 mill renewal levy, to generate $13.3 million a year for the next five years.

 "The state has had to cut back, and even the federal government has cut back, and so we have to count on all the money we have," Board member Bob Vasquez said. "And to avoid further cutbacks, we are depending on this renewal passing."

Dr. Cecilia Adams, the chairman of the finance committee, says the district is already counting on the levy renewal in its 5-year forecast. She thinks the district could face a $13 million budget deficit in 2014, even with a November levy renewal.

"What ends up happening is that you end up having to cut service to students," Adams said. "Our primary goal is to make sure we are providing a quality education for the students of Toledo Public Schools."

The board members want all voters to know that the levy would not cost them any more money than they're already paying, and they'll likely launch a levy campaign in late July.     

 "Whether they have children in the school district or not, it's going to help us to have a better community," Adams added. "It's going to help us to be stable."

Although not bound to the finance committee's possible recommendation, the school board could vote on June 25 to put the levy on the November 5 ballot.

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