Ashland City Schools administrative offices

ASHLAND -- The Ashland City School District is asking voters to renew a long-standing levy on the November ballot. 

The 5-year, 1.25-mill permanent improvement levy generates approximately $450,000 per year. It costs an estimated $38.28 annually -- or $3.19 monthly -- on real estate with a $100,000 value. 

The funds are used to maintain school district property like parking lots, buildings and grounds and to purchase items like textbooks, musical instruments, computers and school buses. 

"I think the most important part is that the buildings are kept up. That's our number one priority," Superintendent Doug Marrah said. 

The levy has been in place since at least the 1990's, he estimated. 

If renewed, Marrah hopes to see an asbestos abatement project completed at Edison Elementary School. The Board of Education would likely also use the funding to fix a leak in the grandstand roof at Ashland High School. 

"I feel like we've been really good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We always watch how we spend the money," Marrah said.

Over the next five years, the money would also ensure the district can update its fleet of buses and provide new textbooks and laptops for students. The money may also be used to be parts, such as batteries, for the laptops. 

At a recent meeting, Board of Education President Zach Truax also emphasized the need for the levy to continue. He said the board hopes to "continue the tradition of being good stewards of the taxpayer money and provide the best facilities we can for our students and employees." 

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