DELPHOS — Voters for Delphos schools approved a new five-year 0.50% traditional income tax.
The vote was about two to one in favor of the district, with Allen and Van Wert counties reporting.
The tax will raise $1 million for the district which, in March, was placed under Fiscal Caution by the Ohio Department of Education.
Superintendent Doug Westrick was appreciative of the support.
“There’s a lot of people put a lot of hard work and time and dedication to create a plan, and communicate our needs to the public,” Westrick said. “We had a great turnout from the public to consume the information and to make an informed decision. We were fortunate enough to pass the levy. I just think that that just tells us that the buy-in of the community and how strong our community is, and it means a lot to our school and to our community.”
School board president Andy North was thrilled to hear the good news.
“Kudos to Doug Westrick, our superintendent. I mean, he did just a fantastic job leading this whole group and Brad our treasurer. I’m just so happy that we’re going to finally have numbers that will add up. Becca Suever the levy chair. Wow. I mean, her effort and commitment to this levy is just outstanding. We had so many volunteers and people pitched in and I’m just so proud of the community and everybody rallying support for what Delphos City Schools is doing. It’s just absolutely fantastic,” North said.
Passage of the tax doesn’t solve the district’s financial problems.
“No, it doesn’t. Certainly, we’ve had three things that have helped us — the postponement of any changes in regards to EdChoice, the levy passing and then obviously the relationship that we have with Vantage becoming a member there. Those things are certainly going to help our finances significantly. We’ve got, a couple, of lean years but you know, not needing to cut things and keeping what we have and building on the momentum that we have. That’s just a big shot in the arm,” North said.
“We still have a tough road ahead of us,” Westrick said. “We have lost a few staff members that have taken other positions and again we’re not filling any positions if we can fill them internally and there’s a few that we’re going to have to fill internally and then that just stretches people thinner. We understand that and we’re going to ask people to continue to do more with less, so we can get financial stability,” Westrick said.
• Delphos voters who live in the city voted on a renewal of a five year .25% income tax.
That tax was approved by a 634 to 265 vote. That tax will provide funds for parks and recreation.
• Elida schools voters approved a five-year 6.61 mill renewal levy by a 1,877 to 1,221 vote. That levy will raise more than $2.7 million to be used for emergency requirements.
• In Bluffton voters in precinct B considered two liquor sales issues for Greenhorn LLC, a restaurant at 112 Vine St. in Bluffton.
One of them was for weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spiritous liquor. That passed by a 190 to 37 vote.
The other issue was for Sunday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor from 10 a.m. to midnight. That issue passed by a 161 to 64 vote.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.