Proposed income tax levy would provide nearly $1 million for West Branch Schools

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BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – A week away from election day, West Branch will deal with several issues on its ballots, including a proposed income tax levy for the school system.

The district has a half-percent earned income tax levy on next week’s ballot.

It has been a while since the school district has had an income tax increase, it would be the first one since 1993.

Tuesday night, two people spoke at a board meeting during public comments, including school board member Lori McLaughlin.

She talked personally about what the West Branch schools mean to her and the importance of the issue and getting out to vote, something Superintendent Tim Saxton was pleased to hear.

“You can point fingers back 10, 12, 15 years or you can look back at where we are today — what we have done, what we have done just in the last few years, and have changed the road map for this district as far as what is going academically, extra wise, and that the need is now and the need is real,” Saxton said.

If passed, the levy would bring another $900,000 into the school system.

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