Perrysburg voters pass school levy

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - Voters in Perrysburg have elected to pass a levy aimed at providing additional revenue for the school district. The measure passed with 53% of the vote.

Under the levy residents will pay an increased property tax which will provide the district with millions in funding over a five year period, starting at $7.9 million in the first year and growing to $14.2 million by the fifth year. According to the Perrysburg School District, that increase accounts for the growth the city is expecting over that period of time.

The levy was added to the 2019 ballot after the school district reported a 19% growth in the student body since 2008 that outpaced state funding.

According to a post on the school district's website, a failure of the levy would have resulted in the district being forced to "immediately implement $2.7 million of mid-year reductions. Then it would be required to implement up to an additional $5.9 million in reductions prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Even if a levy were to pass in 2020, the school district would not receive any additional funding until 2021, so these reductions would still take place at the start of the 2020-2021 school year."