UPDATE ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION
When will the election occur?
The election will now occur on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, via absentee ballot ONLY. In-person voting may be requested if you have a disability that prevents you from voting absentee or if you cannot receive mail. Please contact the Board of Elections for more information on the limited in-person voting.
How do I request a ballot?
Download an Absentee Ballot Application and mail it to the Hancock County Board of Elections at 201 E Lincoln St., Findlay, OH 45840. Applications must be received by Saturday, April 25th at 12 noon. If you cannot print the application, you may call the Board of Elections at 419-422-3245 to request a ballot application by phone.
What kind of election is it?
March 17th (now April 28th) is a Primary Election. When filling out your absentee ballot application, check PRIMARY ELECTION and list March 17, 2020, as the date of the election.
How do I send in my vote/ballot?
Instructions for casting your vote by mail will be included with your ballot. To send your ballot to the Hancock County Board of Elections (201 EAST LINCOLN STREET – REAR FINDLAY, OH 45840). According to the Secretary of State, the ballots will be sent with a stamped envelope so you may vote at no cost to you.
When should I send my ballot?
Your ballot must be postmarked by April 27th OR must be placed in the secure receptacle at the Hancock County Board of Elections by 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
MARCH 2020 LEVY
Van Buren Schools will have a 1% income tax on the March 17, 2020 ballot. This is not a property tax. The levy is not for any new construction or buildings. This money will go toward day-to-day operations and sustaining our excellent programs. For someone earning an annual income of $25,000, the levy amounts to 68 cents perday. At a $50,000 income, it's $1.37 per day. Every Hancock County school, except Findlay City, has an income tax levy.
Why do the Van Buren Local Schools need a levy?
Since State of Ohio’s 2006 elimination of the Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax, the Van Buren Local School District has seen a steady decrease in funding over the past 13 years. Reduced revenue and increasing expenses have caused the District to go into deficit spending beginning in FY 2015.
Van Buren receives less state funding than most school districts as we are considered a "wealthy" district based on the average income of our taxpayers.
The District has not passed a levy for new revenues since 2004.
Why is the levy important for students and the community?
The $2.45 million levy will preserve the educational excellence the district is built upon.
The levy would address the budget deficit as well as allow for additional counseling and mental health services, development of Career Exploration and Development programming and maintenance of current building.
Failure to find additional revenue will have a drastic impact on our educational programming. The Board of Education and administration will have to make decisions for the next budget on reductions that will have a direct impact on student education