ELIDA — Elida voters have decided. A new elementary school will be built.
Elida voters passed a 2.8 mill bond issue with an additional 0.50 mill permanent improvement property tax with a margin of 2,331 for it and 1,904 against.
Administrators and staff ran a thorough campaign outlining reasons why the school was needed. Social media was a useful tool, as well as many meetings.
“We did three big committee meetings and I spoke at eight to 10 small group meetings. We had video footage on our website, sent information out to our voters and placed 500 small signs in yards,” said Joel Mengerink, Elida Superintendent.
With a cost estimated to being roughly $36 million, Elida is eligible for $18.1 million dollars from the state. Local funding would be at $17.9 million, equaling an almost a 50-50 split.
Due to the fact that state money will be used, the timeline for building the new school is three and a half to four years.
“We have more hoops to jump through. It could take one and a half years to plan and two years or more to build, so approximately three and a half years to four years is our timeline for the new school,” said Joel Parker, treasurer.
The new school will sit just east of the bus parking lot, and off the road from the current elementary building.
“We are very excited and appreciate all of the support that our community has shown us today. A lot of hard work has paid off. I am thrilled for the future of our district, for our facilities and for the students that will get to attend this new building,” said Mengerink.
For some voters, the levy was very much needed.
“I am a parent, so I am obviously going to do what is in the best interest for my child. But as a community, it is a privilege to support our kids in our district,” said Sara Chongson, 36, of Elida.
• Voters in the Bath Local School District approved an 11.47-mill, 5-year tax levy renewal in convincing fashion, approving the renewal by a 1,114 to 716 margin.
• In Delphos and surrounding precincts, voters approved a 0.06-mill, 5-year tax levy renewal for current expenses, with a margin of 636 to 174.
• In American Township, voters approved the Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor at the L.O.O.M. Lodge.
• A similar option was approved by voters in Bluffton, where the Timber and Vine LLC, doing business as Board & Brush Creative Studio, sought approval in two separate questions for the Sunday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages.
Incumbent Allen County elected officials who were selected by their party without opposition in Tuesday’s primary included Republicans Greg Sneary, county commissioner; Rachel Gilroy, county auditor; Matthew Treglia, sheriff; and John Meyer, county coroner.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.
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