ANNA — Anna voters decided to invest in the Anna Local School facilities.
The levy Tuesday asked voters for an increase of 0.25 percent of income tax and about 2.7 mills of property tax for a term of up to 18 years.
The unofficial results had 1,001 votes for and 844 votes against, that’s 54.25 percent to 45.75 percent.
“On behalf of the board, administration and staff of the Anna schools, I would like to thank the voters for their approval of this renovation project,” Anna Superintendent Andy Bixler. “We understand that nobody looks forward to increasing their taxes and greatly appreciate the support our community continually shows for our schools. Now the real work lies ahead… borrowing money, working with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC), selecting an architect, planning for the renovation, the construction project itself, maintaining high quality education during the project. It is very exciting time and work that we look forward to.”
The renovation will add 30 to 40 years to the existing life of the buildings and their major systems, modern day security is a major part of this project, and the intention is that it is district-wide and will affect all programs.
The proposed project is about $20,000,000 and of that $20 million about half will come from the state and about half will come from the tax payers.
The project will be paid off in 18 years. “The Anna Schools will be one of the last area schools to have an OSFC project and the first to have it paid off,” Bixler said.
“The board of education approached this process over a year and a half ago with the attitude to find out what the community wants. They truly desired to be led by the Anna schools community in future facilities planning,” he said.