Fayette to seek renewal of operating levy 8.22

Written by David Green.

It’s a done deal now. After working through a pair of preliminary votes over the summer, the Gorham Fayette Board of Education voted Monday to seek renewal of the district’s 7.0-mill operating levy.

The levy is due to expire this year and passage at the Nov. 6 general election would guarantee nearly a quarter million dollars of general operating funds for each of the next five years.

The motion passed by the same 3-2 vote recorded on the preliminary measures, with board president Kelly Bentley and trustee David Brinegar opposing the measure.

Because the levy seeks renewal and not replacement, the effective millage rate is actually 6.16 rather than seven.

Fulton County Auditor Nancy Yackee spoke with board members about financial issues, leading up to a meeting with district treasurer Angel Adamski today.

Board president Bentley said the board’s goal is to use some funds from the DH Holdings settlement to help pay off the debt on the gymnasium. Board members intend to give taxpayers a break in paying the debt, but they’re seeking direction from Yackee to learn what they can do and what the best approach would be.

 

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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