Economy, state cuts push Poland, Canfield schools to ballot

Administrators of Poland and Canfield schools say they have tried to slash budgets in the wake of a down economy and with cutbacks in state funding, but say they have no choice but to ask for more local taxpayer money.

Both districts are seeking renewal and emergency levies on the May 3 primary ballot.

One issue surrounding both Canfield and Poland is that they receive some of the lowest percentages of state funding in the county, and that number continues to shrink as details of Gov. John Kasich’s budget become clearer.

Overall, both Poland, which has about a $24 million annual budget, and Canfield, at $26 million, stand to lose about $1 million and

$1.2 million in state funding, respectively.

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