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Valley voters to decide school levies

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - 14 different schools have something on the November ballot. Some are levies, others are bond issues or an income tax.

And of those 14 only four of them are for renewals. The others all asking for additional money.

Bristol schools have a bond issue on the ballot. They need $9.5 million dollars to repair school buildings.

Howland schools are asking voters to pass a 3.9 mills additional levy. They say it's needed to retain teachers, fund all day kindergarten and pay for security upgrades.

Lordstown needs 5.85 additional mills to offset $1.7 million dollars they lost in state funding since 2007.

Sebring schools are asking for an additional 6.7 mills. According to their website, they haven't passed a new tax levy since 1990.

The superintendent at South Range says his district has reduced positions but they still need 4.8 additional mills to offset state cuts.

"Eight years ago we're receiving the same amount of money we received in 2013 so we're getting the same amount of money coming in yet our expenses in terms of utilities, maintenance and personnel have risen," says Superintendent Dennis Dunham.

United Local schools are asking voters for 3 additional mills to help replace their building's roof, windows and boiler and buy new buses.

West Branch has a .75% income tax on the ballot. The superintendent says it's needed to maintain current programs.

Three other schools are asking for additional levies:  Canfield, 5.9 mills, Columbiana Village, 1.22 mills and Southington, 4.9 mills.

Four others have renewal levies on the ballot. They include: LaBrae, Maplewood, Mathews, Warren and Weathersfield.

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