Tiffin Schools seek OK on levy

Voters will be asked to vote on a five-year, 4.67-mill renewal emergency operating levy for the Tiffin City School District May 6.

The levy, first approved in 2004, is set to expire at the end of the year, said district Treasurer Sharon Perry.

The levy is to generate $1.6 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $143 per year, or $2.76 per week, she said.

The funds generated are to go toward the district’s utilities, personnel, services, special education, supplies, equipment and more. It constitutes 7.2 percent of the annual budget, Perry said.

Campaign chairman Rob Ledwedge said voters learn about the levy at tiffin

schoollevy.com or through Facebook, at Tiffin Levy Supporters.

Each day, Ledwedge places a new fact online about Tiffin City Schools. Two facts Ledwedge said few people know are that Krout 2-3 Elementary School raised $2,916 for Jump Rope for Heart and Washington K-1 Elementary School raised $5,000 for the American Heart Association.

“The goals of having these facts out there are to let the community know about all the great things that Tiffin City Schools does for the children,” Ledwedge said.

If the levy is renewed by the end of this calendar year, he said the district is to continue to receive $67,929 from the state for eliminated personal property taxes and homeowners are to continue to receive rollback discounts of 2.5 and 10 percent.

“If the levy does not pass, however, the district could see an increase of 4.87 mills,” Ledwedge said. “The district will suffer if this levy doesn’t pass. This levy is for the students. There are about 2,700 students depending on this levy to pass.”

He also said postcards featuring student artwork are to being going out to inform the community about the levy.

Residents can request yard signs in support of the levy by emailing Ledwedge at pictureperfect_rob@sbcglobal.net.