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Buckeye Local voters should approve levy

October 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

Officials in the Buckeye Local School District are asking voters to back the "Three B's - Buildings, Books and Buses," in the upcoming election, and we stand behind that plea.

A 2-mill continuing improvement levy for the school district, if approved, would fund basic operations and improvements in the school district, including purchases of books and buses, building maintenance, equipment, renovations and computers - all important factors that directly affect the students.

It's no secret the school district is one of the largest in the area, with about 2,000 pupils who come from many communities, including Smithfield, Rayland, Mingo Junction, Martins Ferry, Brilliant, Yorkville, Tiltonsville, New Alexandria, Mount Pleasant, Dillionvale and Adena.

And with such a large study body, it's only common sense that the district's bus fleet travels many, many miles - approximately 3,000 miles per day. Given the rising fuel costs in the last few years, it's easy too see why there are major expenses for the school district.

But despite the major expenses and cuts in state funding, the school district's students continue to excel. A recent excellent rating from the Ohio Department of Education through its annual report card program is the second such ranking Buckeye Local has received in as many years.

Superintendent Mark Miller wants voters to remember the bond levy for the construction of Buckeye High School expired two years ago and the structure is now paid for, meaning voters' school property taxes have gone down in the past year.

And with the 2-mill levy on the Nov. 6 ballot, an estimated $500,000 would be raised annually if it's approved. A district homeowner without a Homestead Exemption whose house has a market value of $70,000 would pay $44.88 annually, or about 12 cents a day.

A district homeowner with a Homestead Exemption whose house has a market value of $70,000 would pay $27.56 annually, or about 8 cents a day.

We agree with Miller, who said the school district's students deserve the chance to continue to excel.

A yes vote on Nov. 6 would mean that would happen.

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