School board OKs putting levy on ballot
The proposed continuous levy would generate $248,000 annually.
By MARY SMITH
McDONALD -- The board of education approved putting a 4.9-mill continuous improvement levy to the voters in November to pay for the expected $2 million cost of a new sports complex.
The levy also would pay for new high school gymnasium bleachers, new locker rooms and a new bus garage.
The board, on Monday, approved a plan to take a 2-mill levy for five years, last approved May 1, 2001, and added 2.9 mills to that measure to make it a continuous levy.
The current levy, first passed in 1986, is for permanent improvements, and has been used for general improvements and maintenance, such as repairing or replacing roofs, treasurer Thomas Radabaugh said.
The resolution passed by the board will now require the treasurer to certify a copy of it to the Trumbull County auditor to certify the millage and the dollar revenues from the proposed issue.
The board must meet again to formally place the issue on the ballot after the county auditor certifies the millage and amount to be generated by the 4.9-mill issue, which Radabaugh said is expected to generate $248,000 annually.
The current 2-mill levy generates about $63,000 a year.
Radabaugh said the district could not seek another bond issue because the state will not permit the district to borrow any more money in a bond issue. The district already has a 3.9-mill bond issue for 23 years.
The bond issue is to pay the district's $2.2 million portion of a building and renovation project that totaled more than $18 million. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission gave the district a $16.1 million to remodel the high school, build a new Roosevelt Elementary School, and raze the old Roosevelt School.
Deadline to place the new levy request on the November ballot is Aug. 20, and the board is expected to meet again soon to act on officially placing the measure on the ballot.
Meanwhile, the board is still looking through proposals from architects and will have selected a firm before the issue goes on the ballot. The firm chosen will be asked to help promote the levy.