By Susan Hartley
April 24, 2014
To the Editor,
With the upcoming School renewal tax on the ballot for May 6, Piqua families will have the opportunity to show their support for our local schools. Before you vote, please consider the facts.
The levy is a 1.8 mil permanent improvement levy meaning our schools would only be allowed to use the money on permanent improvements that are necessary to the facilities or to purchase items that are related to their maintenance and upkeep. By law, the money from this type of levy can only be used for this purpose, and not for the general operating expenses or salaries. Some things that the levy will pay for are: upkeep of the roofs, boilers, flooring, plumbing, brickwork, sidewalks, security equipment, parking lot resurfacing and also bus purchases and repairs.
But here’s the great news – this renewal of the levy is not a new tax. This means there will be a zero tax increase! It is merely taking the place of the levy that expires in 2014 and was voted for in 1994. This renewal is for five years, the current levy generates $692, 986 per year for the district. This is a small price to pay for maintaining educational excellence for our children.
I had the pleasure of attending Piqua City Schools K-12 and know what great pride my classmates and I have in our school system as well as how prepared I was to go on and earn my bachelors in Psychology. Now that I have two sons attending Piqua City Schools and know how important safe and updated facilities are for my kids to learn, I know I will be making a trip to my polling location on May 6. Without the renewal of the current levy, our schools will have to make major cuts that are not needed since this will not cost taxpayers any more money than in the previous 20 years. We owe it to our children and those who have dedicated decades of service to them and those reading this letter to ensure that there is always a place that is safe, clean, and great for children to learn and grow.
Please vote yes for the levy renewal on the ballot on May 6. Thank you.
Piqua Citizen, Piqua Graduate and Piqua Mother