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Niles school district asks voters to help pass levy

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NILES, Ohio  - Niles school district is asking voters to say 'yes' to an emergency ten year $4.65 million levy.

Interim superintendent Frank Danso says costs keep going up while money from the local, state and federal government have been slashed by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That levy would be used for to pay for teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and cover all operating expenses.

The district faces a $800,000 deficit next year without the levy.

"As we have increasing costs combined with decreasing forms of funding ... that's the position we're in now," says interim superintendent Frank Danso.

That levy would cost the owner of a home valued at 100-thousand dollars about 142.41 dollars a year.

Danso says without the levy, cuts for all operating expenses must be on the table.

He says the district is also asking voters in Niles to support a $1 million permanent improvement levy. It would be used to upgrade aging computers and technology in the middle school.

"It's an aging technology. Some has been repaired or is too far gone to be repaired," Danso says.

The district says it has cut five teaching positions in the past along with about four non-teaching personnel.

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