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Yellow Springs and Miami Township voters overwhelmingly supported their public school system on Nov. 5, agreeing to pass the district’s second levy in as many years. Voters passed the renewal of a five-year 1.2 mill permanent improvement levy, with 1,382 for and 353 against the levy.

This year’s issue is a renewal of the permanent improvement levy that confers about $145,000 annually to building maintenance and the purchase of items lasting a minimum of five years. The five-year levy is not a tax increase and will be used to replace the roof over the Mills Lawn annex, replace the handicapped bus and repair the roof over the high school gym. The district also plans to use the funds to increase technology spending to about $80,000 per year for its two buildings. Permanent improvement funds may not be used for salaries or personnel costs.

Last year villagers approved $915,000 in new money for the schools’ emergency levy, which goes to the district’s general fund and may be used to pay for operational needs, including employee salaries — not buildings or buses.

Just under half of Yellow Springs and Miami Township voters came out to vote on the schools.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440 (north): yes, 364; no, 72
441(west): yes, 250; no, 67
442 (center): yes, 292; no, 55
443 (south): yes, 313; no, 71
455 (Twp. east): yes, 16; no, 3
456 (Twp. west): yes, 145; no, 83
Xenia Twp. precinct 351: yes, 2; no, 2

Greene County issues pass
The Developmental Disabilities renewal levy passed in the county with 67 percent of the vote. Yellow Springs and Miami Township agreed, with the village approving the levy by even bigger margins of 90 percent and up.

The Children’s Services levy renewal passed with a similar 64 percent of the county-wide yes votes, an average of 70 percent of the Township votes and about 90 percent of affirmative village votes.

Again, the Greene Memorial Hospital renewal levy was approved by 59 percent of the total vote, 63 percent of Miami Township votes and about 80 percent of the village vote.

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