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BOARDMAN schools Board agrees to put levy on ballot



Published: Fri, July 13, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@viindy.com

BOARDMAN

The board of education took the first step to ask voters for new money in November.

At a special meeting Thursday, the board agreed to place a 3.9-mill, three-year emergency levy on the November ballot to raise about $3.1 million annually.

“We’re at a point with the challenges in state funding and personal property taxes that we’re looking for ways to continue to maintain the excellent quality of education that we’ve had for our community,” said John Landers, board vice president.

“I don’t think the board ever wants to make a decision like this,” he added. “But we feel that we need to continue to work with our community and the property owners in the district, like the board members are, and that’s why we’re placing this levy on the ballot — to work with them and to continue to maintain our financial footing.”

In the past two years, the district has lost $2.66 million in personal-property-tax money and state funding, said Rich Santilli, district treasurer.

Voters last approved a new school levy in 2003.

The board has made that money last nine years, Landers pointed out.

The board has made reductions in staff, at a savings of more than $3 million.

It also implemented a retire-rehire program, which has saved the district about $3.8 million over 10 years.

The base-pay salaries for all staff has been frozen for six years over the past 12 years.

And the board has saved money on utilities through various programs.

“We’re already at bone,” said board member Kim Poma.

Without taking action, the board projects a deficit of more than $3.5 million by the end of 2015.

“To be good leaders of the district we had to take action now before there’s really a full-blown emergency,” Landers said.

The board officially will vote to approve placing the levy on the Nov. 6 ballot at its July 23 meeting.


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1taxme(343 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

not the best time to be putting on a levy in the valley. But when is?

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2southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, good luck getting that levy passed.

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3NoBS(1962 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

From the story: "The base-pay salaries for all staff has been frozen for six years over the past 12 years." Oh - six out of twelve. That's like getting a raise every other year, instead of every year. Nice try, but you'll have to spin better than that.

How many school board members are Kasich supporters? I know some of them are. Let them go get the needed money from him - they worked to put him in office.

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4gus02(4 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The time has come to stop passing the burden on to the property owners. I quote from the Ohio Supreme court ruling DeRolph I [and] DeRolph II." These earlier decisions had also declared the funding system unconstitutional and identified particular elements, such as the "over reliance on property taxes" and "forced borrowing," which the General Assembly needs to change in order to develop a system that meets the "thorough and efficient system of common schools" required by the Ohio Constitution.

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