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Voters approve new levy for St. Marys schools

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After voters rejected past ballot initiatives, St. Marys schools now get the thumbs up on Election Day. After voters rejected past ballot initiatives, St. Marys schools now get the thumbs up on Election Day.
The 1% earned income tax levy that was passed Tuesday night will maintain operating expenses for the school system for five years. The 1% earned income tax levy that was passed Tuesday night will maintain operating expenses for the school system for five years.

After voters rejected past ballot initiatives, St. Marys schools now get the thumbs up on Election Day.

The 1% earned income tax levy that was passed Tuesday night will maintain operating expenses for the school system for five years. St. Marys was working on reducing 1.2 million dollars in expenditures, including employees district-wide were subject to a pay freeze for this year. St. Marys was also facing the possibility of cutting an additional 2.6 million, which would have resulted in the school cutting academic offerings such as electives and extracurriculars.

"First of all, we're greatly appreciative to our community members for stepping up and coming together and supporting the passage our levy. It was an important levy for our school district. It allows us to continue to offer our excellent opportunities for them and the great programs of arts we have, the academic pathways, and also our extracurricular and athletic offerings that we have," said Bill Ruane, St. Marys Superintendent

Ruane claims that even with the levy passing that they are still not at the state minimum of true days cash. The school has a renewal levy set to be on the ballot in the spring.

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