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Published: Tuesday, 6/27/2006

State approval sought on Perrysburg levy bid

The Perrysburg Board of Education last night took the first step in putting a bond levy for renovations of up to $30 million on the November ballot.

The board unanimously approved a resolution asking the state tax commissioner to consent to the district's plan to issue the bonds. The resolution does not commit the district to a specific amount, and the board must approve two more resolutions to put the levy on the ballot.

The board, which has considered many options for its facilities plans during the last year, is still debating whether to build a two-story junior high addition or to build one story and finish the second story later. The addition would house sixth graders.

The project, which includes work at the elementary schools and high school, would cost $28 million or $29 million depending on whether the second floor is finished. The owner of a $200,000 house would pay about $134 or $140 a year.

In other business, the board approved $45.8 million in appropriations for the fiscal year that begins July 1, including about $36.9 million for the general fund, which includes salaries and benefits.

The district expects about $37 million in revenue for the general fund.

The board also agreed to accept payments of about $36,000 over 10 years in lieu of property taxes from Kensington Investors, a Perrysburg Township staffing firm that is seeking a tax abatement to help fund an expansion.

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