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Boardman voters will face 3 renewal levies

Published: Thu, April 10, 2014 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Kalea Hall



Without the revenue from two renewal levies, the Boardman school district would be forced to make a massive cut in teacher positions, officials say.

Boardman Park’s levy also is crucial to its operating budget, park officials maintain.

For the schools, there will be a five-year, 2.4-mill renewal levy that generates $1,999,547 annually and a three-year, 1.8-mill renewal levy that generates $1,468,774 annually on the May election ballot.

Boardman Park will have a 0.03-mill renewal levy that generates $218,000 annually.

Frank Lazzeri, superintendent of Boardman schools, is confident the two school levies will pass.

“If [our] schools weren’t so good, I think it would be a much harder decision,” Lazzeri said. “[I think] they will vote affirmatively on these issues.”

The funds generated from the levies go straight to the general fund that is the source for salaries, operational costs and new purchases.

“We are a personnel-driven entity because we educate kids,” Lazzeri said. “Therefore, 80 percent of our budget goes to our personnel.”

The 2.4-mill levy first passed as a 6.7-mill levy in 1979 and has generated the same funds since then.

The 1.8-mill levy first passed as a 3.9-mill levy in 1984.

“These are not new taxes, these are renewals,” Lazzeri said.

Boardman Park relies more on levies because of a cut in state funding.

A 1-mill levy was instituted in 1948 and, 66 years later, the park still has three levies that equal 1 mill.

The levies generate approximately $753,925 annually.

“[It] keeps the green oasis green,” Executive Director Dan Slagle said.

Slagle believes people appreciate the park — considering the park increased its attendance by 13 percent last year. “Based on that, we assume that they take advantage [of the park],” he said.


1gunr(49 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Isn't it the same school district that asked for some kind of capital improvement levy several years ago? It was turned down. Maybe more than once. It's intent was to fund a second gym at the high school, a new football stadium and additions to at least two elementary schools, converting temporary mobile home type structures into brick and mortar additions, amongst other things.
After losing the election, the school board went ahead with the brick and mortar additions, circumventing the wishes of the majority and borrowing the funds.
So, what is now the source of funds being used to repay the loans? Could it be these very same renewal levies that they're asking the voters to approve?

Sounds like another shell game in Boardman.

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2CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Shouldn't matter gunr. I'll throw every extra dollar I have at the schools in hopes that the kids who go there succeed, and the facilities are nice enough that kids will want to be there instead of shooting smack and robbing houses.

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3gunr(49 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

My comment was not about education. It was about the majority vote turning down the levy and the school board or supt still doing what they wanted and snubbing the electorate.

Are we now supposed to trust them to use our money in the way we directed?

Would you be happy if you learned that you gave your kid lunch money and what they did with it instead left them hungry? And now the same kid is asking for more lunch money? Do ya trust him/her with it?

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4CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The end of your first comment, "sounds like another shell game in Boardman.' , leads me to believe that you don't live in Boardman.

If you don't live in Boardman, then maybe you should mind your business and let us decide what we want to do with our money.

I don't go sounding off about Austintown schools, you know why? Because it ain't my damn business.


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5gunr(49 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I might live there... Is there a residency requirement for commentary? Really?

The earlier shell game in Boardman was the recent police levy where money ended up going to the general fund because the new police levy supplanted it. Resulted in 2.2M going to Road and Administration and elsewhere on the backs of the men in blue. Government is finding out how gullible the electorate can be and then abuses it.

Remember now?

Maybe ya 'Can't Stand' the truth getting out?

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6gunr(49 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

''Can't'' - so you're a B man resident and you think no foreigner from outside B man should say anything about how B man spends public money?

Wasn't it you in January of 2012, who posted:

' "How much did it cost ytown to actually "improve" the land for the exal site?"

"Did it actually cost 2.9 million to install water, sewer, gas and electric lines? It quite possibly could have, Im just wondering if it actually did or not, and if not where is the rest of the money? Can we have a follow up on this story to make sure there are no shenanigans?" '

Still Can't Stand it?

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7CantStandYa(123 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

I must have really gotten under your skin for you to have to research my previous posts.

Yes d-bag, in January of 2012 I lived within the Youngstown city limits. And I have since relocated to Boardman.

Brilliant deduction. Any other nuggets full of knowledge you care to drop on me?

Keep trollin, maybe you'll come up with something

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8gunr(49 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Nope. When someone tells me to mind my own business and paying Boardman taxes has been my business for twenty five years, I react.

And now that I've welcomed a newbie Boardman resident to the Boardman shell games being played for some time, I'm done trolling.

See ya at the polls...

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