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Lakota levy debate heating up

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -  They're signs of a big vote for Lakota schools.

"They're for people who support the schools and want to be proud and say I'm supporting Lakota," said Cheryl Conaway-Nelson, Co-chair of the Lakota levy committee.
 
They're at intersections, on front lawns and almost every street corner -- sings for and against the Lakota schools levy.
 
"We tried to place them out of the right of way and you're supposed to do that," said Mark Sennet of the group Citizens Against Lakota Levy.
 
"We just want to maintain what we have so we maintain our property values and we maintain our excellent schools," Conaway-Nelson said.
 
Conaway-Nelson has five kids in the district, she says the community must chip in to keep the district in demand.
 
"This levy really isn't designed to get more for Lakota, it's designed to keep us where we are and to maintain our level of education that we all chose,"Conaway-Nelson said.
 
Those who are against the levy say they still support Lakota schools, what they don't support is what they call excessive spending.
 
"I've voted for every levy since I have been here except this one,"Sennet said.
 
That's because the local realtor says the district and teachers need to take more cutbacks, before they come to the community.
 
"That extreme burden should be shared by the school system too, and the teachers," Sennet said.

The 6.9 mil incremental levy would  cost someone with a $100,000 home  $211 for the first two years and $150 more for the next two.

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