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Pettisville School Board To Talk About Tax Levy

A new property tax levy will be the topic when the Pettisville School Board meets in a work session at 6 pm, Monday, July 1.

The decision to hold the work session was made at the Monday, June 10 board meeting.

No action will take place, but the board will discuss options for the Phase II project to make improvements to the school athletic fields and construct a bus garage on school property.

The deadline for a decision on whether to place a levy on the ballot for November is Wednesday, Aug. 7, and the board will consider whether to pursue that option.

The meeting will convene at the Das Essen Haus restaurant in Pettisville, then move to the school. Steve Switzer, superintendent, told board members the meeting will require about two hours.

In financial business, the board approved transferring $60,000 this fiscal year and $92,000 next fiscal year from the general fund to the turbine fund to help pay off the bond that financed the wind turbine project.

The turbine fund will be used to pay off the bond when it comes due in 2026.

The board also approved continuing with SORSA (Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority) as the carrier for the district insurance on the bus fleet, building, and liability insurance at a cost of $35,253 for the coming fiscal year.

It is an increase of $610 over the past year.

Chris Lee, district treasurer, said the increase may be due to adding a van to the school transportation fleet.

“SORSA has been very stable in their costs, and has been very good to deal with,” Lee said. “I recommend we continue with them.”

The district has used SORSA for at least five years, and Lee provided the board with cost figures for those years that show nominal changes.– D.J. Neuenschwander