Two Streetsboro school levies to be placed on November ballot

by mike lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- The Streetsboro Board of Education plans to place two renewal school levies on the November election ballot for 3.5 mills and 3.9 mills.

Those are the same millage amounts of the two existing levies that will expire in 2014, Treasurer Catherine Rouse said.

"The district cannot afford to lose those funds," Rouse said at the March 13 Board of Education meeting. "The first time we can [try to] renew them is November 2014."

Rouse recommended placing the two levies on the November ballot, and School Board members agreed, although no official vote was required.

Rouse said since it is a renewal of the current levies, "There would be no increase to the taxpayers."

School Board President Denise Baba agreed, saying, "This is a renewal [levy]. People are already paying [for the levy]."

The 3.5-mill levy, which collects about $1.4 million annually, and the 3.9-mill levy, which collects about $1.6 million a year, were both passed in 2010, Rouse said.

Although the current levies expire in 2014, they will collect money through in fiscal year 2015, Rouse said.

Rouse said the two expiring levies should "not be confused with the building project in any way" or the bond issue that was passed last November.

In November, voters approved a bond issue that would help pay for a new high school and stadium on Route 14, while at the Route 303 school campus, the existing high school will be heavily renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, and the current middle school and Wait Primary School will eventually be closed.

Rouse said if the district is to place levies on the November ballot, "all our documentation" needs to be to the Portage County Board of Elections by Aug. 5. She recommended that resolutions be passed by the School Board in June and July so the documentation can be sent to the Board of Elections in August.

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