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Black River Schools seeks levy to fix buildings


SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Schools will ask voters in November for a permanent improvement levy to cover upgrades and repairs at the middle and high schools.

If approved, the proposed five-year, 1.6-mill levy would not cost taxpayers more than they are paying now to retire a bond issue voters approved in May 1994 to build the Black River Education Center, Superintendent Chris Clark said.

The levy would generate about $313,000 per year toward capital improvements, Clark said. Revenue could be used to repair a heating and cooling system at the middle school, and for parking lot and plumbing system upgrades at the high school.

“It is a new levy, but we are not asking for new money,” Clark said. “So what we’re asking the community for is if basically they would convert that levy (to build the Education Center) into a permanent improvement levy.”

Collection on the proposed levy wouldn’t begin until 2020 after the bond issue comes off the books next year.

The 25-year, $8.4 million bond issue voters approved initially was voted in at 8.75 mills.

It now is being collected at

1.6 mills and costs property owners $56 a year per $100,000 of property valuation, district Treasurer Connie Hange said.

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack said the proposed permanent improvement levy would cost the same as residents are paying now for the bond issue.

“We’re not trying to increase funds or anything,” Clark said. “We’re trying to maintain what we have.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or

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