Oakwood voters approved two renewal levies Tuesday — one for Wright Library operating costs and one for Oakwood Schools facility improvements.
The school district’s five-year, 1.8-mill permanent improvement levy has been renewed every five years since its initial passage in 1978, and it generates just more than $500,000 per year. Renewal levies do not increase property owners’ tax rates.
More than 1,100 Oakwood residents turned out to vote, with 78 percent of them voting favor of Oakwood Schools facility improvements levy and 77 percent in favor of a 1.5-mill renewal levy for the Wright Library operating costs.
The school district released a statement shortly after all precincts reported, thanking voters for their “overwhelming support.”
The levy money is used to maintain Oakwood’s historic school buildings — anything from roof repairs, plumbing and electrical work, to sidewalk and parking lot maintenance, to replacement of older computers and furniture. Treasurer Kevin Philo said two 40-year-old boilers at Oakwood High School will need to be replaced in the next five years.
According to Philo, anything purchased by the district with money generated from the levy must have a shelf-life that lasts five years or more and cannot be used for salaries or other operating expenses.
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