Piqua school levy would lower income tax if passed

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PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – Piqua City Schools is looking to pass a unique levy that the district says won’t hurt your wallet. 

“I think we do a good job of communicating and keeping them (the public) up to date on how we are spending their money and protecting their tax dollar,” said Piqua Superintendent Dwayne Thompson. 

The district is currently seeking support in passing a property tax renewal levy of 1.8 mils and an additional 1.2 mills to maintain and upgrade facilities that are over 40 years old. 

Superintendent Thompson says he understands how precious tax revenue is. He wants residents to have a clear idea of how this property tax levy will actually save them money come 2020. 

“We are refinancing the Piqua Junior High School bond issue. Paying that off early and saving over $800,000 in taxes that way and eliminating 2.2 mills,” said Thompson. 

If passed, the levy would help fix various facility issues, including recent roof damage and leak repair at the high school. 

Additionally, the money will bolster security at the Junior High with the instillation of classroom safety locks. 

“If we don’t pass the levy, it will actually cause us bigger, more costly problems down the line,” said Thompson. 

For a home valued at one $100,000.00, the average resident would contribute 30 cents per day to the district. That equates to roughly $109.50 a year. 

Piqua City Schools is asking any residents with questions to call the Board of Education. 

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