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BG needs sidewalk repairs PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:18
At least one member of Bowling Green City Council wants to see the city spend some money on repair of existing sidewalks in 2014.
"I'd like to see some of the money available put toward repairing existing sidewalks rather than building new sidewalks," Finance Committee Chairman Robert McOmber said during Monday's review of the proposed 2014 city budget. "We need to take a good look at how to get the most bang for the buck."
Fourth Ward Council Member Robert Piasecki said he agreed with McOmber. "I heard a lot of that (sidewalk issues) when I was campaigning."
There is $200,000 in the budget for miscellaneous street and sidewalk projects.
The city has not spent money on sidewalks since 2010 when $50,000 was available from Community Development Block Grant funds. About $90,000 of city money was spent in 2009.
Northwood seeks input on levies for school PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:15
NORTHWOOD — There were only 20 people there, but overwhelmingly they supported Northwood Schools trying again in May to pass tax issues for a new school.
The board of education held a community meeting Tuesday to learn how voters feel about going back to the ballot in May for support for $21.46 million in tax dollars to build a new preK-12 school on the Lemoyne Road campus.
The issues failed by two votes in November.
The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission would pay 35 percent of the $33.02 million cost of the new school, or $11.55 million.
Northwood voters were asked in November to support a combined 0.25-percent earned income tax and a 4.9-mill property tax. The taxes would have paid for a new 130,000-square-foot school that would have opened in 2016.
The plan also called for Olney Elementary, Lark Elementary and Northwood Elementary to be torn down, and just the gymnasium and auditorium saved of the high school.
Park district approves budget, strategic plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:49
Wood County park commissioners approved a 2014 budget Tuesday that includes merit-based pay raises for employees.
The raises, in a new structure approved last month, range from zero to 4 percent based on evaluations. Those increases, along with a restructuring of several positions, resulted in a 4-percent increase in salary expenses from 2013.
The overall budget also increased about 4 percent, from $3,661,004.18 in 2013 to $3,810,410.86 for next year. The park district expects to have about $4.2 million to carry-over into 2014, with $2,760,000 forecasted to come in during the year from a 1-mill levy that isn't up for renewal until 2018. Additional income is estimated at $67,295, mostly coming from farm and shelter rentals.
Commissioner Joe Long said he thought the district should be earning more from its land rental to farmers, with ideal income at around $200 per acre.
"I think we're really short-changing ourselves on the farm rental side," he said.
"As we all know, farm property has certainly escalated in recent years."
BGSU to freeze tuition PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:48
Students will pay the same amount to attend Bowling Green State University next academic year as they did this year.
The university announced this morning a freeze on tuition, general fees and room and board for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Making sure a BGSU education remains affordable has been a watchword for President Mary Ellen Mazey. This is seen as a major step toward achieving that.
"College affordability is a national issue," she said. "It is a major issue particularly here at BGSU."
Many BGSU students, she noted, are the first in their families to attend college.
In the press release announcing the move, Mazey noted that: "Rising student debt is a concern for every one right now."
The tuition and fees for Ohio students will remain at $10,606 for the academic year, and $17,914 for out-of-state students. The cost of room and board depends on the dorm a student decides to live in and what meal plan is selected. The least expensive options would be $8,244.
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