Archbold, OH

Career Center To Put Levy On March Ballot

Cindra Keeler, president of the board of the Four County Career Center, said the board held a special meeting Thursday Nov. 10, and approved placing a two-tenths (.2) of a mill permanent improvement continuing levy before voters a second time.

Voters will face the millage question during the Tuesday, March 6, Primary Election. Ohio is scheduled to hold a second primary, for congressional and presidential candidates, June 12.

Keeler said the Career Center board must pass two measures to put the millage issue on the ballot. The first was approved at the Nov. 10 meeting.

The second will come before the board during a second special meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6 pm at the Career Center board room. November Vote

Voters in the four-county area turned down the Career Center request for a new two-tenths of a mill levy during the Tuesday, Nov. 8, General Election, by a vote of 24,585 to 21,574, or 53.3% to 46.7%.

In Fulton County, the levy request was denied, 6,657 to 5,674.

All Archbold precincts, plus German and Franklin Townships and voters in the Pettisville precinct, approved the levy.

Henry County defeated the levy 5,287 to 4,684. Freedom and Ridgeville township voters approved the levy.

William Spiess, FCCC superintendent, said prior to the November election the money would go to construct a new entrance, and possibly add six classrooms to the building.

The new entrance would not only enhance building security, but it would also replace a glass wall that leaks when it rains, Spiess said.

“It’s not for a whole new building,” Keeler said.

“Four County is a great service to the community. We have more than 1,000 high school students with 31 different programs.

“That’s the largest number of high school students since Four County opened, not to mention the adult education programs,” she said.

If the levy had passed Nov. 8, the board would have collected property tax revenue from a current two-tenths of a mill levy, plus money from the new levy.

Brett Kolb, Fulton County auditor, said if the new levy passes in March, there will be no overlap. The old levy will expire in the 2011-payable 2012 tax year; if passed, the new levy will be collected starting in tax year 2012- payable 2013. Analyze

Keller said board officials briefly looked over the precinct and ward reports from across the Career Center four-county service area of Fulton, Defiance, Henry, and Williams counties.

She said the area with the strongest “no” votes were areas where there was already some type of school levy on the ballot, such as Patrick Henry, Edon, Bryan, and Stryker.–David Pugh

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