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Editorial: Four renewal llevies to watch in Allen County


August 24. 2013 5:07AM
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Lima, Bluffton schools: Voters in Lima and Bluffton aren’t being asked for new money to fund school operations, only to continue to pay the same amount in the future that they are paying now.



For Lima, that’s $9.80 a month for the owner of a $50,000 home. The money will be used to pay for the general operations of the school system. Bluffton is seeking a 0.5 percent income tax renewal for the same purpose,



Both schools do a good job managing expenses and their request to renew funding is reasonable.



Delphos Library: Learning how to do more with less money is nothing new for the Delphos Public Library. The 0.6 mill levy represents 13 percent of the library’s budget and has remained the same millage for nearly 35 years — even though that now generates less money. If the levy fails, services will need to be cut.



Perry Township: Getting rid of the earmarks is the goal of a 1-mill, five-year additional levy in Perry Township. The goal is to put additional dollars into one fund that can be used to pay any expense, including road, building and equipment repair. It’s an interesting concept and the vote will be closely watched.





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