Troy City Schools capital improvement levy passes

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy City School District voters approved a levy by 65 percent to renew a 1.1-mill capital improvement levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Approximately 5,205 voters were in favor of the levy and 2,854 votes against the issue, according to unofficial results from the Miami County Board of Elections.

Superintendent Chris Piper said, “We appreciate the support of our voters. This is an important issue for us as we continue to take care of our facilities, which is a great need for the district. I think we have done a good job connecting with people and hearing their concerns, their questions and their opinions. I’ve enjoyed getting the opportunity to do that. I look forward to working with our public more and to continue to take care of our buildings.”

Capital improvement levy funds may only be used to maintain, repair, or improve district facilities or equipment. It may not be used for salaries, benefits or to pay other operational costs.

Troy City Schools President Doug Trostle was also present at the board of elections to review the levy results.

“We appreciate the continued support of the Troy citizens and the community. It’s refreshing to know we still have their support and do our best to maintain our facilities,” Trostle said.

The levy, originally passed in 1984, generates approximately $700,000 per year for the district’s upkeep of its facilities. The levy renewal costs a homeowner of a $100,000 home approximately $30.28 annually, according to district officials. The renewal will not increase taxes.

The capital improvement funds maintain the district’s 13 buildings (700,601 square feet) and 90.46 acres of grounds.

By Melanie Yingst