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Yellow Springs divided on school levy

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WDTN) - The school levy will impact both property and income taxes in Yellow Springs, a village where a little over 3,000 people call home. 

The property tax levy would last 37 years. It would cost homeowners an average of $14 a month or about $165 per year, based on your average 100,000 dollar home.

The money will go towards addition and renovation projects that will cost the district $18 million dollars.

An income tax increase of $100 a year on a $40,000 salary would pay for a quarter of the costs.

Superintendent Mario Basora says aging infrastructure isn't helping his district stay competitive.

"When you are in a position like we are, whether we like it or not, we are in competition with neighboring districts for kids.This is about long term viability of our community," said Basora. 

If you drive through Yellow Springs, you'll see signs asking voters to pay attention to this levy.

"It feels like they've got this big giant piggy bank and there's no limit to how we can make things better. This is the thing I question, the last time I saw eduction numbers, Yellow Springs beat Oakwood!" said Mike Wilson, a Yellow Springs resident. 

"If the main concern is taxes, I think we live in a world that we have seen clearly that the country and other societies that invest in taxes, end up with a healthier life span, happier kids, smarter kids, better education and better opportunities," said Joel Levinson,  a Yellow Springs resident.

The district says the upgrades will go a long way in making students more comfortable at school. 

2 news is your local election headquarters. Make sure you tune into 2 NEWS to get  the results of this levy on May 8. 

 


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