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Buckeye Local officials make push to get levy passed

A replacement levy for the Buckeye Local School District is on Tuesday's Special Election ballot in both Jefferson and Belmont counties. It is a critical levy for Buckeye Local as the district is falling into a financial deficit. If the district doesn't make changes this year, its financial decisions will be in the state's hands in 2018 and beyond.

A replacement levy for the Buckeye Local School District is on Tuesday's Special Election ballot in both Jefferson and Belmont counties.

It is a critical levy for Buckeye Local as the district is falling into a financial deficit. If the district doesn't make changes this year, its financial decisions will be in the state's hands in 2018 and beyond.

"We have buildings in need of repair; we have transportation issues, textbooks to buy to keep current for the students," said Interim Superintendent Scott Celestin.

They’re asking voters to pass a 4.8 mill emergency operating levy which would produce $1.9 million for 10 years.

The levy breaks down for you, the taxpayer, like this:

On a $50,000 property, it’s $84 per year, $7 per month or 23 cents a day. Celestin says the district is in need of voter support now more than ever.

"Next year, if we don’t change our finances, we'll be put into fiscal watch or fiscal emergency by the state and they'll come in and take over, so we're trying to maintain the buildings that we have and the programs and so on that we give to students."

Buckeye Local's levy will appear on the ballot in 19 precincts in Jefferson County and three in Belmont from Cross Creek Township in Steubenville to Pease Township in Martins Ferry.

“Come out and support Buckeye Local and the students,” Celestin said. “You know this is their future and hopefully we can turn this around and make Buckeye Local great again."

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