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Voters approve Canton City School levy
The 7.9 mil levy will help the district's nearly $16 million deficit
This story is part of a special series.

Maranda Shrewsberry

Voters have approved a new levy for Canton City Schools that heads off a nearly $16 million deficit.  

The district already cut more than $18 million last year and 100 staff.

Much of the new deficit is tied to big cuts in the state’s two-year budget, which passed in June.

Nieshia West voted yes for the additional 7.9 mill levy because her children attend Canton City Schools. She hopes it will improve their experience there.

West says Canton City schools are sub-par.

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“They’re not getting the same education as Plain Local Schools," she says. "My boyfriend’s kids go to Plain Local and his daughter is in the same grade as mine and she’s getting taught to play three different instruments and Spanish already, my daughter [is] learning her flute and no language at all and I don’t understand why.”

The district says the levy will help keep extracurricular programs, buy new textbooks and better classroom technology.

Canton City schools have not passed a new property tax levy in eight years. 

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