Minster voters consider renewal levy

Staff report

MINSTER — Voters in one Auglaize County school district will decide if they want to continue funding education at current levels this election season.

A renewal levy and an income tax levy is on the ballot for Minster schools in Auglaize County.

None of the levies involve an increase in out-of-pocket spending for voters.

Early voting is currently underway and the election is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Minster Local Schools has a 1 percent income tax renewal and 0.8 mill 5.99 mill renewal levy on the ballot.

Officials in the Minster school district hope voters will continue to support a 1 percent income tax but extend the request from five years to 15 years.

The levy, which generates $1.6 million per year, would finance renovations to the 1965 and 1988 junior/senior high school building, including securing the entrance, upgrading technology and finding energy efficiencies. Minster only needs to pay $6.8 million of the proposed $18 million project, as the state will pitch in 20 percent and the Ohio Facilities Construction has a $7.6 million credit earned during the construction of the current elementary school back in 2000.

The permanent improvement levy has been in place for more than 40 years and continues to pay for ongoing improvements and repair of facilities, generating $33,102 per year.

“I would like to thank the Minster community for its support in the past, and we look forward to their continued support in the future as we continue the excellence,” Minster Superintendent Brenda Boeke wrote in an email.


Staff report