School levies are among the biggest issues on the ballot in the upcoming November 5, 2013 election. Ohio schools depend on these levies as an essential funding stream, and many are facing new or additional levies that can be difficult to pass.
Money for Ohio’s public schools comes from three sources: federal funds, state funds, and local tax levies.
“Levies then become the source really of their chief operating funds,” explains Mark Smith of Cedarville University. “For most cases those local schools are very dependent upon those local property taxes.”
The Downtown Dayton Partnership has been awarded a 2013 Pinnacle Award for its Activated Spaces Pop-up Project. The Pinnacle Award is a national award sponsored by the International Downtown Association.
Since 2011, when the Pop-up Project began, 11 new shops have filled more than 11,000 square feet of vacant space in downtown Dayton. Nine of those shops are still up and running.
Downtown Dayton Partnership president Sandy Gudorf says the award actually belongs to all of the volunteers and organization who have made the Pop-up Project such a success.
This past summer, Sylvia sent me an effusive note about finding a toad in the grass. She was “feeling lucky,” she said. And she went on: “Oh yes, lucky, so I got down on my hands and knees…I didn’t want to miss a single detail…such serious eyes for one so young regarding me with great solemnity.”