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Will four years instead of five work?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published August 13, 2008

Regardless of what you think of the Youngstown city school system, you have to give the school board credit for trying to find a new way of winning voter approval for an additional tax levy.

The district has failed three times to pass a tax and each time it would have been in effect for five years. Now, it's making a fourth attempt — with a twist. Rather than five years, the 9.5-mill tax, if passed, would be in effect for four years. And, school board members say they would not seek a renewal.

Will this olive branch be enough to win over a majority of the residents who have thus far been unimpressed with the argument that the $18 million budget shortfall cannot be reduced without an infusion of new revenue? It's anybody's guess.

But given the anti-tax sentiment that has swept this region, passing any levy in November will be a major challenge. Indeed, the just completed special elections in several school districts could be an indication of things to come. All the school issues failed — even though special elections usually work in favor of the proponents.

 

 

 

 


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