By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The board of education took the first step to renew one levy and replace another.
The board agreed Monday to ask voters to renew in May a 5.9-mill, five-year tax levy for current operating expenses. This levy was first passed in 2003. The levy generates $4,643,763 annually, said Richard Santilli, treasurer.
Board members will also seek to replace a 1.6-mill, five-year levy. The levy currently raises $821,219 annually.
The board chose to ask for a replacement rather than a renewal to raise additional funds to be used to improve school safety and security, said John Landers, board president.
The levy was originally passed in 1988 as a 1.6-mill levy, but its effective millage is no longer at that rate due to losses in commercial and personal property revenues, Santilli said.
The replacement will generate an additional $480,000 annually.
The levy will be used for general permanent improvements, Landers said, but part of that will include improving safety within the district.
“We continually look at our security plan, and I think we’re always trying to improve on it and take it from good to great,” he said. “But I think what’s happened in the last couple of months has caused all the school districts to look at their plan and look at ways they can make it better,” he said in reference to recent school shootings nationwide.
Feb. 6 is the filing deadline for issues to be placed on the May ballot. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the superintendent’s office at Boardman Center Middle School to give a second and final reading on the two levies.
Boardman school voters passed a 3.9-mill, 3-year emergency levy in November. The levy raises about $3.1 million annually.