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Northwood Schools asking for levy for new building

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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Just weeks away from the November election, efforts to pass a levy in the Northwood school district are ramping up.

The district currently has three buildings. If a levy passes Nov. 5, one building will be built to house all 1,000 students in the district. The current buildings are all 50-75 years old and showing their age.

"We have leaky pipes and roofs and windows and things that all need to be dealt with, and we're past band-aids," said Superintendent Greg Clark.

The state will pay $11 million for the project, but the community needs to come up with the remaining $22 million, so a 4.9 mill property tax levy will be on the ballot. The tax would cost an additional $171 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Informational forums are being held for residents to learn about the levy. District leaders are hopeful about the levy passing, but if it fails, they say they'll probably have one more chance to pass a levy in the next 13 months.

"When you partner with [the state], once you make that decision, they give you 13 months," Clark explained. "This is our first attempt. We haven't decided what we would do should it not pass. We're concentrating on getting our message out and helping our community make a decision to get this done."

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