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Lorain County JVS Seeking Replacement and Additional Millage Levy

Approval would mean an additional $3.4 million per year for the skilled-trades education center.

What: Issue 15- a proposed replacement and increase levy for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS). The school accepts students from 13 Lorain County high schools including and, is seeking to replace the current .75 mills levy and add a 1.1 mill, 10-year operational levy.

When: Voters will see Issue 15 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

About the levy: Approving the levy would bring in an esti­mated $38.4 mil­lion over the next 10 years for the school, which is located in Oberlin.

A general operating levy for the Lorain County JVS that would replace the current 0.75 mills and add 1.1 mill for day-to-day operations for 10 years. It would add an additional $2.82 per month per $100,000 of home value.

The JVS, which offers skilled trades classes including business, building trades, culinary, college tech prep, pre-engineering, transportation and manufacturing as well as an adult career center, has not sought new money in 15 years. More than 3,000 adults and 2,000 students receive job training and retraining each year.

Recent changes to the state funding system will reduce JVS operating funds by $1.1 million dollars annually.

Proposed ballot language: "A replacement of 0.75 mill of an existing levy and an increase of 1 mill, to constitute a tax for the benefit of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School District, for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 1.75 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.175 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 10 years, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012."

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