Warren Levy Up For Renewal

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Warren Local voters face a renewal levy this May.

Unlike the other levies, this one isn't for new money.

The failed levies were for building renovations.

This one is for basic school expenses.

It has been in effect for 18 years.

The levy raises one and three-quarter million dollars for basic school needs.

Included in that are utilities and the purchases of everything from textbooks and supplies to technology.

Voters will consider the issue on the May primary ballot.

"From our perspective, it's best to get it on now, so we have the opportunity for long-term planning...this is the first time it can be put on, so we're putting it on right away," says Superintendent Kyle Newton.

School officials say the levy money is not used to pay employee salaries.

It makes up one-tenth of the school system's budget.

And administrators say that with funding from the state of Ohio in question, that money approved almost two decades ago is more important than ever.

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