Voters approve Xenia schools levy

By Nathan Pilling - [email protected]

XENIA — Voters approved a 1.3-mill, five-year permanent improvement renewal levy for the Xenia Community School District Tuesday.

The levy issue passed with 55.71 percent voting in favor (5,714 votes) and 44.29 percent voting against (4,542 votes), according to unofficial final results from the Greene County Board of Elections.

“Yesterday’s levy was our third successful levy passage in ten months,” Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Denny Morrison wrote in an email. “This demonstrates the support we are receiving from our entire community. So many wonderful things are happening in our school district. We have so much to be proud of. It is a total team effort with everyone working together.”

Originally approved by voters in 1986, the levy will generate $407,000 for the district annually. The levy has a current effective millage of .58, according to county information. The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $17.70 annually.

As a permanent improvement levy, the generated funds can only be used for building repairs, replacements and other permanent improvements. By law, PI funds can not be used for salaries or other day-to-day operating costs.

Some projects completed from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 using the levy funds include repairs and replacements to exterior door at Xenia High School and Central Middle School/Preschool; computer lab electrical needs at CMS and XHS; replacing the hot water boiler and damper at Warner Middle School; repairing roof drains and water lines at WMS; replacing the condensing unit at WMS and repairing gas lines; and replacing restroom stalls and adding ADA-compliant bathrooms.

“We are the best kept secret in the Miami Valley,” Morrison wrote. “…I am proud of this school district and this community.”

Scott Halasz contributed to this story.

By Nathan Pilling

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Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.

Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.