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Alumni push Indian Creek levy passage

The Indian Creek School District is asking voters to approve an increase in property taxes to fund the building of three new school buildings. Some students are going to class in trailers in the district.

The Indian Creek School District is asking voters to approve an increase in property taxes to fund the building of three new school buildings.

Some voters had concerns some aspects of the levy vote were confusing.

“This levy has more opportunities with it than any levy I've ever seen,” said Amanda Abrams, treasurer, Indian Creek Advisory Board.

Why such an opportunity? If passed, Ohio would help pay for new school property.

"(And the state has) offered to assist with 40 percent of the cost of two buildings. This will assist elementary students and high school students," Abrams said.

The state would help pay for the demolition and rebuild of a new high school in Wintersville and a new elementary school at Bantam Ridge. That's an $18 million investment from the state of Ohio. Meanwhile, the district will locally fund renovations at Hills Elementary in Mingo Junction. But what's at stake to build completely two completely new buildings?

"We have children outside that are going to class in 18 trailers, I believe,” Abrams said. “And I went to class in a trailer at the high school when I was in school and graduated 1993, and they were very poor condition at that time."

"These children are going outside in bad weather,” she said.

And Abrams mentioned the threat of violence, like a shooter, that could trigger a lock down.

"We have children outside unprotected all day every day,” she said.

Abrams says the levy passage would make students safer.

"This will address that this will protect those kids,” she said. “They will be in buildings that will have the architecture available to fully protect them as much as possible."

It's still up to voters to decide. Is the property tax increase worth it? For a $100,000 home, property taxes would increase about $19 per month. Abrams puts it this way.

"(That) is maybe a two-person fast food meal at this time, may be a family fast food meal at this time if you think of it in those terms."

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