By Susan Hartley
Group Content Manager
PIQUA — Piqua voters again expressed confidence in their school system by approving the renewal of the district’s 1.8 mill replacement levy on Tuesday.
Monies collected by the renewal will help the district maintain upkeep at the junior high and high school facilities, said Rick Hanes, superintendent.
“A good support from our community tonight,” Hanes said of the levy passage, with
60.71 percent for and 39.29 percent against the issue.
Hanes also wanted to give “a huge thank you to our community for their continued support and a thank you to the Citizens for Quality Piqua Schools and to co-chairs Joe and Kazy Hinds of that committee. We appreciate the community supporting us again.”
The renewal of the five-year permanent improvement levy will generate $692,986 annually in property taxes. The levy was originally passed in 1994.
The levy does not go toward district’s operating expenses, such as salaries or materials. It will only be used for improvement projects, Hanes said.
For example, Piqua is in the process of replacing their bus fleet at two units per year. Each bus costs the district approximately $89,000, so about $200,000 yearly will be budgeted for bus replacement. Typically, when traded, a bus has in excess of 250,000 miles on its odometer.
Other projects may include pavement of the driveway and parking lots surrounding the junior high and high school campus. Money also will be used to tackle unexpected repairs on the two buildings.
The district also will use money from the levy to assist in paying off the principal on a loan used to replace the HVAC system at the high school.