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Voters easily passed levies for local schools and fire department.

Miami Township and Yellow Spring school levies pass handily

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In a year in which area voters were feeling prickly about approving new funding projects, local levies easily passed.

On Tuesday, May 2, the Miami Township fire station bond won by 73.47 percent of the vote, with 814 voters saying yes and 294 voting against. And the Yellow Springs schools renewal levy also won handily, with 81.64 percent of voters for and 18.36 against. For the schools, 854 voted for the schools and 192 voted against.

The Miami Township Fire Rescue bond issue will fund a new fire station and will add new taxes for voters. It will increase property taxes by $84 per $100,000 of appraised property value. The township has been planning to build a new station to replace its 60-year-old one on Corry Street for more than five years, but had to wait to purchase the desire site from Wright State University. The township did purchase the site last fall.

The new station is necessary because the old one is too small, out of date and unsafe for fire station staff, township leaders have said.

For the schools, the renewal levy re-upped an operating levy that voters first approved in 2012. The levy adds $915,000 yearly, or about 11 percent, to the school’s operating budget.

See a more detailed story in the May 4 Yellow Springs News.


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