Brookfield schools plan 1 percent income tax levy

Staff report


The Brookfield Board of Education has voted to place a 1 percent, 5-year income tax on the fall election ballot to offset projected budget deficits. The levy would generate $1.4 million annually.

The Ohio Department of Education placed the district in fiscal watch in 2006.

Since then, the district has cut programs, staff and reduced spending, but additional state funding cuts and increases in operating costs have created a financial hardship, the district said.

A committee consisting of district administrators, board of education members, parents and residents arrived at $525,000 in cuts by eliminating six teaching positions and 12.5 classified staff members.

The committee also formulated a five-year plan to erase the district’s current budget deficit, replace aging buses, buy new textbooks and reverse the staffing cuts, the district said.

“The state of Ohio has failed this district and others across the state,” said Tim Saxton, Brookfield superintendent. “The funding formula in place does not provide us with revenues to become fiscally stable, and therefore we have no choice but to look to our local residents.

“The school district is headed in a positive direction and we are grateful for our new facility. However, the monies necessary to provide a 21st century learning environment go beyond brick and mortar costs.”

The tax would not affect anyone on a fixed income such as Social Security, and it includes a senior-citizen credit of $50.

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