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Quaker Valley

The school district will raise its property tax rate by 1.95 mills next school year.

The school board adopted a budget Monday of $33.1 million, an increase of 6.8 percent above the current budget.

The new property tax rate is 18.85 mills.

The increase means property owners will pay $195 more a year in taxes for each $100,000 of assessed property value.

Administrators attributed the tax increase to a projected drop in revenues because of the county's use of 2002 assessments and increased costs of debt service because of building and renovation projects. Costs also increased for special education, cyber charter school tuition, retirement contributions, diesel fuel, utilities and other things.

The district cut expenses for equipment, technology, conferences and local travel.


Marshall and Pine have received a $350,034 grant for their new curb-side recycling and yard waste collection program.

Money from the joint grant will be used to reimburse the townships for startup costs related to the collection program, which began Jan. 1, such as the purchase of recycling and yard waste carts and educational materials.


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