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Elmwood Schools urge residents to renew levies

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BLOOMDALE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Elmwood School officials have been crunching the numbers and say things are not looking good. If voters decide to say no to an upcoming levy, district jobs may be on the line.

The school is asking for a renewal of a half percent, and a three-quarter percent income tax levy. The levies will generate $1.6 million. This time around, officials are trying a more aggressive campaign, but they say they don't have much money to do it.

"I have to do the mailings, the yard signs," said Superintendent Tony Borton. "Luckily for us, we have old yard signs we're re-using. I have to do all of that for 500 bucks. One mailing is going to cost all of that."

The superintendent says it's hard to tell which way people will vote.

"You still gotta wonder what's out there in the community," Borton said. "The fear of taxes is pretty strong right now across Ohio."

He says he's hoping that fear doesn't scare people into voting against the levies, which are responsible for 14 percent of the district's income. Borton says that's money they can't do without.

"The good thing for us is they're still on the books through all of 2014, so we've got some time, but we don't want to get to crunch time," he said.

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