Fostoria passes school levy

FOSTORIA -Voters approved a 8.15-mill substitute tax levy for the schools Tuesday, according to unofficial results.

Residents voted 578-401 in favor of the levy.

The levy is to provide necessary requirements of the school district, including staffing; new classes and programs; interventions, such as Project MORE and STEM programs; online testing; resources and materials, such as text books and technology; training; library and lab materials; and general operating expenses.

The district is to continue to receive $1.8 million annually. For the owner of a $100,000 home, the cost would be $249.69 yearly, or 68 cents a day.

The levy replaces a 8.55-mill, five-year emergency levy approved by voters as a 7.55-mill levy in 2009.

According to the district’s website, a school district with an emergency levy, effective for a maximum of five-years, has the option to replace the levy with a substitute levy for up to 10 years or for a continuing period.

In June 2008, then-Gov. Ted Strickland signed Amended Substitute House Bill 562, that included new tax levy options for school districts considering emergency levies or renewal of emergency levies. The substitute levy is one of the options created in 2008.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.