M-U levy renewed

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

WEST MILTON — Voters in West Milton showed their support for the Milton-Union Exempted Village School District’s 17 mill, five-year renewal levy, passing it for the fifth time.

“I’m really appreciative that the voters continue to support the schools in the way that they have,” Superintendent Brad Ritchey said. “I know that the members of our board of education, central office staff, teachers and all of our staff members feel the same way.”

The levy generates about $1.7 million annually, the same amount that was generated when the levy was first passed in 1992. The levy costs taxpayers $1.70 for every $100 in property valuation.

The levy passed 60 percent to 40 percent., according to unofficial results.

Historically, previous renewals have passed by roughly the same margin, Ritchey said.

“It’s a statement that they’ve hovered around 60 percent approval, so we’re really pleased,” he said. “We don’t take that support for granted.”

The funds from this operating levy are used for day-to-day expenses like transportation, instructional supplies, and extracurricular programs, Ritchey said.

This renewal levy generates a significant portion of the district’s $15 million budget.

The district pursues grant funding and utilizes energy practices like wind turbines and solar panels in order to maximize savings, Ritchey said. The district operates at a little more than 60 cents per square foot, he added.


By Cecilia Fox


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