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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Fourteen local school districts are asking voters to pass levies or bond issues on election day next Tuesday, May 6th.

In Mahoning County, Austintown is asking for a 4.1 mill bond issue to build a new high school.  If approved, the state would pay for 47% of the project.

"The building looks really nice from the outside, but we have 50 year old systems in the building and it's impossible to revamp them at a cost. The state is going to give us $31 million toward the project and to revamp the building would cost more than that," said Austintown Superintendent, Vincent Colaluca.

West branch is asking for a three-quarter percent income tax for general operations.

In Trumbull county, Howland has an additional 3.9 mill levy on the ballot.  They haven't asked for additional money in 11 years.

"We've reduced staff 37 teaching positions and support staff and administrators over the past few years we want to stop the downsizing we want to grow the district and grow the classrooms," said Howland Superintendent, John Sheets.

Mathews wants to build a new K-12 complex, so they have a 9.35 mill bond issue on the ballot.  The state said their buildings are among the worst in Ohio.

"Our high school building will be 100 years old next year. Our two elementary buildings are over 50 years old, so we're about due," said Mathews Superintendent, Lew Lowery.

Southington is asking voters to pass a 4.9 mil levy.

"We want to get rid of our pay to play also want to bring back some programming issues like classes we used to have that we don't have now," said Southington Superintendent, John McMahan.

Nine other school districts have renewals on Tuesday's ballot.  They include, in Mahoning County:  two in Boardman, one in Poland and a one percent income tax in Springfield.

In Trumbull County:  two levies in Bristol, one in Lakeview and two in Liberty.

And in Columbiana County:  renewals in Beaver Local, United Local and Wellsville Local.
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