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Bellevue voters approve 2 tax renewals for schools

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BELLEVUE, Ohio - Voters comfortably approved two tax renewal measures yesterday in a special election for Bellevue City Schools.

The first issue was a 0.5-percent, 5-year income tax last approved by voters in 2001. The second issue was a 3.7-mill, 5-year emergency operating levy, also approved in 2001.

"This makes me feel good," Treasurer Nancy Beier said. "We can continue to do the good job we're doing. The teachers are doing a good job. It's a relief to have [the issues] pass."

The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $106 a year, Ms. Beier said, and will bring in about $925,000 a year.

The income tax has fallen short of initial projections that it would generate $1.2 million a year, Ms. Beier said.

That combined with dwindling state support will lead the district to consider ways to raise additional money.

"We're definitely looking at increased revenue needed," Ms. Beier said. "We haven't talked dollar amounts yet."

If no new money came in, the school district - which includes parts of Erie, Huron, Sandusky, and Seneca counties - could face a $500,000 deficit by the end of the 2006-07 school year.

Any tax would have to be approved by voters this year to be collected in 2007, she said.

"We have a lot of things to consider," Ms. Beier said. "We have three new board members. We want to bring them up to speed so they'll make a good decision."

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