What to know about the levies on the Nov. 8 ballot

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.01.16

IMAGINATION STATION

What is the ballot Issue number?
Issue 21

Is this a new or renewal levy?
Renewal

How much will this cost taxpayers?
$5.13 per year (Smallest levy on the ballot)

What will the funds be used for?

  • Funds generated from the renewal of the existing levy will be used to promote the sciences with Imagination Station’s exhibits, facilities, day-to-day operations, programs and capital improvements. 
  • The expenses of bringing in traveling exhibitions, maintaining permanent exhibits, operating the facility and providing visitors with hands-on activities, are all integral to carrying out the science center’s mission to serve the community by providing informal science education and fun in order to spark a passion for the sciences by combining interactive exhibits and educational programming.

Website:
VoteforIssue21.org
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LIBRARY

What is the ballot issue number?
Issue 22

Is this a new or renewal levy?
80% renewal, 20% new
The levy accounts for more than half (nearly 60%) of the Library’s operating budget.
If the levy passes, the new amount (that 20%) would not be collected from property taxes until 2018.

How much will this cost taxpayers?
For the owner of a $100,000 home, the increase is less than 8 cents a day — the amount is based on a home’s current tax valuation.

What will the funds be used for?

  • ŸThe Library’s operating budget covers the existence of the Library and everything it is and does — staff wages and benefits, infrastructure maintenance, technology, materials, etc.
  • Support of the levy means the Library will maintain and improve: staff levels, hours of service, materials budget, its infrastructure.
  • The Library’s materials budget is currently at the same level it was in 2009, though demand is higher than ever.
  • Library hours were partially restored after the 2012 levy passed, but we still have room for improvement throughout the county.
  • 3.1 million people visit the library annually (more than the Imagination Station, museum, and zoo combined) checking out more than 6 million materials.
  • The fact that 70% of the community holds library cards reflects the value you find in your library – protect this investment.
  • The health of the library system – its ability to grow, create, and transform – depends on the support of its community, and right now, Your Library Needs You.

Website:
toledolibrary.org
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SCHOOL

What is the ballot issue number?
Issue17

Is this a new or renewal levy?
5.7 mill new levy, (4.7 mill operating and 1.0 mill permanent improvement)

How much will this cost taxpayers?
For the average home price in Sylvania of $175.000, it will cost a homeowner an additional $28 per month

What will the funds be used for?

  • The district is asking for the community’s support to protect staffing and financial stability, to preserve sensible class sizes, and commit to expanded academics and technology. If the levy fails, major cuts in staffing and programs will be necessary. Unfortunately, the face of Sylvania Schools will drastically change.
  • These proposed cuts include the elimination of 51 certified and classified staff positions, the closing of the Northview Pool, the of elimination of high school bus transportation to public, private and community schools, increased class sizes at all levels, a major reduction in special education programming, and reductions in art, physical education, music, AP, and honors classes.

Website:
voteforsylvaniaschools.com
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TARTA

What is the ballot issue number?
Issue 18

Is this a new or renewal levy?
While there’s no new tax and no extra money, the revenue generated annually by this levy should be approximately $7,862,140.
The annual cost to commercial property, per $100,000 is $52.50.

How much will this cost taxpayers?

  • Home Value / 1.5 Levy Renewal
  • $ 75,000 / $34.28
  • $100,000 / $45.71
  • $200,000 / $91.41

TARTA also has a 10 year (2011-2020), 1.0 mill levy providing approximately $5,241,425
TARTA provides a valuable service within the Toledo area. Through innovative techniques, we have increased our efficiency and improved our services to our customers. As demands change, TARTA will continue to respond to the needs of its customers by focusing on the innovative delivery of its service, and away from the previous traditional methods.

What will the funds be used for?

  • The passage of this replacement levy is critical to the success of TARTA. This levy will be used to fund continuing operations —including TARPS and Call-A-Ride—and maintain the recent advances made by the Authority. Through its passage, thousands of daily passengers will continue to receive transportation and TARTA will continue to advance and improve as a public transit agency.

Website:
TARTA.com
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LUCAS COUNTY CHILDREN’S SERVICES

What is the ballot Issue number?
Issue 20

Is this a new or renewal levy?
Issue 20 renews an existing 1.4 mill operating levy that expires on 12/31/16, and adds an additional 0.4 mills.
It represents about 1/44 of the agency’s operating budget. Without these funds, LCCS would be unable to maintain the level of child protection that Lucas County residents expect.

How much will this cost taxpayers?
The owner of a $100,000 home currently pays $42.88 (based on 1.4 mills) for child protection. The additional 0.4 mills will cost the homeowner an additional $1.17 per month. These are essential funds that allow LCCS to ensure the safety of all Lucas County’s children.

  • What will the funds be used for?
  • These funds allow LCCS to fulfill its mandate of leading the community in the protection of children. They allow LCCS to continue to
  • investigate reports of child abuse and neglect, provide protective services, support relative caregivers, provide foster care services, link families to community supports, provide adoptive services, and other activities that protect children and promote families.

Website:
lucas4kids.com
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TOLEDO ZOO

What is the ballot Issue number?
Issue 23

Is this a new or renewal levy?
Renewal and reduction

How much will this cost taxpayers?
The amount an owner of a $100,000 home pays will actually decrease by 12 percent annually to just $1.91 a month.

What will the funds be used for?

  • The 2016 Zoo levy, Issue 23, will be used to cover the costs of food, veterinary care, education, maintenance, utilities and more. The levy also makes it possible for the Zoo to continue to provide free and discounted educational opportunities to Lucas County residents.
  • Monies will be used to maintain this community treasure at the highest standards.

Website:
voteforyourzoo.org