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.