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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette council to seek levy renewals 12.19

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s long-running 2.9-mill operational levy hasn’t changed since 1968, and it’s not going to change for the next five years, either.

Council members voted 4-1 Thursday, with council Gerry Gonzales absent, to seek a five-year renewal of the levy. The option to replace the levy would have increased revenue by updating the levy to current property values.

Council will also seek a renewal of the 2.0-mill park levy.

Village administrator Tom Spiess told councilors of the need for replacement, noting the vast increases of costs for goods and services since 1968. To top it off, he received a note from Toledo Edison that day informing him of an impending end to discounted rates for water and sewer plants.

That communication arrived just as council members struggle to create a balanced budget.

Councilor Ruth Marlatt pushed for replacement.

“Let the voters decide if they can handle it,” she said.

If the measure is turned down in May, it could be placed back on the November ballot as a renewal measure.

Craig Rower noted the increase in sewer rates ahead due to the separation project and said he can’t justify raising taxes for village residents.

Paul Shaffer said eventually people won’t be able to afford to live in Fayette, nor will anyone want to move to the community.

“At what point are we going to tax people out of town?” Rower asked.

Marlatt responded to a comment about fears of the group becoming a tax-and-spend council by noting the cuts already taken. The village has a part-time police chief, is considering a part-time administrator, and is cutting back on workers’ hours.

“And you think we’re going to tax and spend?”

Fiscal officer Lisa Zuver told council that most property tax revenue goes into the general fund and noted the village is already $6,000 behind in revenue.

“It’s not like we’re trying to increase the millage,” Ken Delphous said. “We’re just trying to put it into today’s dollars.”

He said the money is needed to provide basic services and the village is just squeaking by on a 1968 level of funding.

Replacing the operating levy would increase funding from $19,606 to $43,948, based on information provided by county auditor Nancy Yackee. The owner of a $75,000 home would pay $61 more a year.

Marlatt was the only council member to oppose renewing the operating levy. Council voted unanimously to seek renewal of the park levy.

A request to advance $4,000 to the park board was also turned down. Rower, Shaffer and Mike Maginn opposed the request, stating frustration that board members failed to organize any fund raisers in the past year.

“Provide for yourself before you ask someone for help,” Rower said. “Not a single fund raiser. Nothing was done.”

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