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Youngstown schools stress need for renewal levy

Published: Tue, August 7, 2012 @ 6:03 p.m.

Youngstown schools stress need for renewal levy


Without approval of a renewal levy, the city school district will run a several million dollar deficit next year.

Voters initially passed the levy, which generates about $5.2 million for the district, in 2008. It expires at the end of this year.

If renewed, it will continue to generate that amount for another four years. School board members passed a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday to place the measure on the November ballot.

The levy originally was on the ballot at 9.5 mills. The millage is expected increases to 10.4 mills for the renewal because property values in the city have decreased since the 2008 passage — requiring additional millage to generate the same dollars.

Lock P. Beachum Sr., school board president, stressed that the renewal won’t raise taxes.

“This is not something we wanted to do,” he said.

The board originally planned to place a reduced levy on last March’s primary ballot, but that changed when the district learned the amount of state money it would receive was lower than anticipated.

“We’re not expecting to get more money from the state,” Beachum said, adding that contrary to some reports, record-setting sales by the state lottery commission doesn’t mean increases in funding to schools.


1WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Pay and benefits cuts across the board should fix the problem.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Renewals are are not as difficult to accept as levy increases, but if no progress is shown as promised, then why are we doing this again?

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Many of our schools are in financial straights, but so are we tax-paying citizens. Incomes are down, while costs are increasing everywhere. Many of us cannot afford these increases and it's time those in the public sector realize it.

Hoping the public will not participate in a special election in August, thus winning approval by votes from those who work in the public sector is a dirty scheme.

Tax increases mean less money will be spent on purchases from the private sector. Rents will have to be increased to accomodate higher taxes and utilities. Prices will go up for food, gas, clothing and meals. More houses will become vacant. It's an endless wheel of misfortune. The only recourse... go back the the basics, the 3 "R"s reading, 'riting, 'rithmatic.

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4IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Tea Party says to cut spending, so lets just close the schools. The price of education is almost as high as the price of IGNORANCE. Just look at the Tea Party members.

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5TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"Lock P. Beachum Sr., school board president, stressed that the renewal won’t raise taxes."

What if someone's home value did not fall? More mills = higher taxes.

IslandDike, you are a profound scholar. If you and The Jive Turkey were in charge this would truly be a utopia. I bet you rent.

Uneducated I can live with, stupid I despise.

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6Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

We can't keep throwing money at something that consistently fails

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7WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


What don't you understand about "across the board?" I mean every paycheck receiver takes cuts- deep cuts. That includes administration does it not? Thank you though for your comment because I was having trouble getting to bed and I find your moronic commentary better than Ambien.


Now go vote for all Democrats you union shill.

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