Former mayors support TPS levy


Former Mayors Jack Ford and Carty Finkbeiner on Sunday jointly endorsed the Toledo Public Schools’ 6.5-mill renewal levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The two former mayors appeared at an afternoon news conference at McKinley Elementary School, where they urged Toledo voters to renew the tax that provides the district with $13 million a year. The levy would run for five years.

The tax request, Issue 24 on the ballot, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the district about $150 a year.

Mr. Ford and Mr. Finkbeiner reiterated the operating levy’s renewal will let the district continue with its transformation plan, which involves neighborhood schools for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. TPS officials say the move has elevated academic performance.