• 54°

Collins levy needs support

Although it may have hit a technicality glitch, voters will likely still have to decide the fate of a tax levy to assist with an expansion at Collins Career Center.

The levy for the joint vocational school was de-certified by the Board of Elections last week after the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office determined one word was incorrect on the language that would have been on the May ballot.

The levy was listed as a “renewal” but it was technically a “new” levy since its prior version had expired in January. Even an attempt to double check the language with the board of elections backfired.

But school officials are adamant that this won’t deter its plans to move forward with a $22 million expansion and renovation that will add 11,000 square feet to the school and give the existing space a significant overhaul.

The half-mil levy, which was in place for many years until expiring, would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 house about $15 each year.

School officials are still weighing options on when they plan to put the levy up for a vote, but it will likely still happen sometime this year.

The career center was established in 1976 as a secondary career technical education institution. The center serves the seven school districts in the county as well as St. Joseph Catholic School and adult students.

At its largest enrollment in more than a decade, Collins Career Center serves about 1,000 high school students in the county and between 5,000 and 10,000 adult students from across the Tri-State each year.

Offering a variety of technical and educational programs, Collins has always been a tremendous asset to our region because it provided students and adults alike the training they need to enter the marketplace, successfully.

Regardless of when it makes the ballot, it will be important that voters support an institution that helps build our community,