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Body found on Saturday identified as Reynoldsburg woman

Columbus police and the Franklin County coroner's office have identified a body that was found behind an abandoned duplex on the Near East Side this past weekend. The woman who died was Jessica L. Turner, 31, they said. She most recently had a Reynoldsburg address, court records show.

Columbus schools levy plans would raise property taxes about 18 percent

Two proposals to raise property taxes for Columbus City Schools would cost nearly $250 per $100,000 of home value, an increase of about 18 percent. A citizen committee recommended the plans this morning for an operating levy that would appear on the November ballot. The panel made no recommendation on moving forward with an additional tax increase to continue the district's stalled school-rebuilding project, placing in doubt whether voters will also see a bond levy this fall to build new schools.

Columbus to borrow $476 million to upgrade water, sewer systems, finance other projects

Columbus plans to borrow nearly $482 million to fund a package of capital projects that will mostly upgrade the city's water and sewer systems and also pay for a new fire station, fire vehicles and resurfaced streets. The Columbus City Council unanimously passed the bond package to finance those project at its meeting Monday night at City Hall. The bonds are part of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s record $1 billion capital budget that the council recently approved.

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