PIQUA — Voters once again passed a five-year renewal operating levy for the Piqua City Schools district on Tuesday, with 65.4 percent — or 2,530 votes — in favor and 34.6 percent — or 1,338 — casting their ballots against the 5.42-mill levy.
With a campaign slogan taken from former president George H.W. Bush — “No new taxes” — the levy was originally approved by voters in 2003, and renewed in 2008 and 2013 with zero percent tax increases.
Earlier this year, Board of Education Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Jeremie Hittle explained that the renewal is not about increasing taxes, but rather “maintaining strong and conservative finances, as well as continuing to provide our students with the services they need for their success.”
With its passing, the levy will constitute 6 percent of the district’s operating budget, as it would generate $2.1 million for expenses including classrooms, staffing, transportation, building and grounds maintenance, technology, utilities, and student programs.
“These funds are crucial to maintain the stability that we have,” District Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said during a September board of education meeting, adding that, “Not one dollar goes to Columbus or Washington — it’s important that we point that out.”