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Weathersfield to ask voters to approve 7.6 mills in spring election



Published: Tue, November 29, 2011 @ 9:57 p.m.

By MARY SMITH

news@vindy.com

MINERAL RIDGE

With the Nov. 8 bond issue failing by just 16 votes, Weathersfield Board of Education voted tonight to go back to voters a second time.

The district wants to get local funds to match a potential $15.6 milion Ohio School Facilities Commission grant.

The board approved placing a total of 7.6 mills on the March ballot, including a 6.6-mill, 30-year bond issue to generate $9,056,940 and a 1-mill continuous improvement levy to generate $85,521 for maintenance. The measure appears on the ballot as one issue, for a total of 7.6 mills.

“This is a necessity for our students,” Schools Superintendent Damon Dohar said.

Plans are to turn Seaborn Elementary into a K-6 building from a K-4 building, and add grades 7 and 8 to the high school to make it a 7-12 building.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years ago

NO Tax increases. The property taxpayer is tapped out. What don't these BOE's understand about that fact?

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2tjthrows(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

This levy is not for salaries. The buildings would obviously be for the kids and their educational climate. The middle school is trash and seborn is not up to par. If you don't live in the district please do not comment. I for one do live there and pay more property tax than most folks that live in weathersfield and will vote for it because i know that my property value will be better off in the long run. Also, look at the current valuation of your home and you will see it has dropped about 5%, so in actuality your dollar increase would not be as large based upon decreased valuation. Not voting for new buildings hurts property value and kids. McDonald, Girard, and Austintown all have new buildings and open enrollment. Time to compete or lose students.

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3charms(228 comments)posted 3 years ago

What about the people who voted "NO?" Keep pushing and you'll increase the "NO" votes rather than increase the "YES" votes.

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4tjthrows(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

So, are you happy with the status of the buildings and your property value? If not, propose a solution to keep up with the physical needs of the students in a quickly changing environment that would make you happy. If you are happy, then you probably do not have a child that will need those buildings or a home that you care about its value.

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