Voters OK M-U renewal levy

By Cecilia Fox -

WEST MILTON — Voters in West Milton and Union Township were asked to consider a renewal levy for the Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools and voted 62 percent in favor of the ballot measure.

Unofficial results show that 1,339 votes were cast in favor of the levy and 825 against.

“I’m really just humbled by the community support that we have,” Superintendent Brad Ritchey said. “I don’t want to put words in the mouths of our board members, but I think I speak for all of us when I say we’re very appreciative.”

This operating levy generates approximately $1.7 million for the district. Operating funds can be used to support the district in many ways, including salaries, technology and textbook purchases, and more.

The district uses the levy to fund student transportation, extracurricular activities, instructional supplies and more, Ritchey said.

The levy generates approximately 12.6 percent of the district’s annual revenue, Ritchey said. Locally generated dollars from current levies provide roughly 48.3 percent of yearly revenue, while state funds make up approximately 51.7 percent.

The levy has historically enjoyed community support, passing by nearly 60 percent in past years, Ritchey said. The levy was first passed in 2002 and has been renewed three times, including this most recent election.

“We do not assume these renewal levies are for certain. We try to always be as transparent as possible to the community,” Ritchey said.

This levy is the third in a three-levy renewal cycle, after which voters will have a break from seeing school levies on the ballot, he said. The district has two operating levies and a permanent improvement levy.

“We’re in good shape right now as a district,” he said.

By Cecilia Fox

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