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      Millions of dollars at stake in Northwood levy

      The levy request on Tuesday's ballot failed by two votes last November, but it's heading for another vote May 6.Northwood resident Billie Franklin plans to vote for the Northwood Local Schools levy request on Tuesday. That decision is based on conversations she has had with her son who attends Northwood High School. "I have heard that when it rains, it would go inside the school through the window and there is mold, so it's not safe for the kids to be in there," Ms. Franklin said.

      The district is asking for a combined property and income tax hike. The requested millage is 4.9 mills. The district is also asking for a 0.25 percent income tax increase. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home who has income of $50,000 an additional $300 a year.

      Superintendent Greg Clark said passage of the levy is necessary for the district to receive money from the state for building construction. "The state of Ohio is willing to give us $11.5 million toward this project, but we have to be willing to invest in it ourselves," Mr. Clark said.If the levy passes, the district would move forward with the construction of a new building that would house all students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

      The existing buildings would be torn down. The cost is estimated at $33 million.