Renewal school levies approved by Streetsboro School Board for November ballot

School issues would mean no new taxes, say officials

by mike lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- Resolutions to place on the Nov. 4 ballot renewal school operating levies of 3.5 mills and 3.9 mills were unanimously approved at the July 10 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

This was the second set of resolutions to put the renewal levies on the November ballot, according to law.

The first set of resolutions, approved June 12, authorized the Portage County Auditor to certify the amount of revenue that would be generated from the levies, and the second set authorized the administration to file the ballot issues at the Portage County Board of Elections.

School Board President Andrew Lesak said the renewal levies would not cost residents any additional money.

The owner of a $100,000 home currently pays about $227 a year on the two levies, Treasurer Catherine Rouse said.

Rouse said Nov. 4 is the first time the district can go on the ballot asking for renewal of the levies, adding they would have to be approved no later than the November 2015 election to avoid loss of those funds in beginning in fiscal year 2016.

Lesak said taxpayers understood the need for levy approval five years ago when the district "was experiencing some challenging financial times, and the need has not changed since then."

"We've been able to maintain, and in some cases restore, our district's services and staff over the past five years by carefully managing the district's funds," he said.

"We have been good stewards of the funding granted to us by the taxpayers, which is why we are asking for renewals and not increases at this time. We request the community's continued support for another five years, especially as we kick off our exciting new building projects."

The 3.5-mill levy collects about $1.4 million a year, Rouse said, and the 3.9-mill levy collects about $1.6 million annually. Those existing levies were last approved in 2010, she said.

Rouse said all the schools' documentation needs to be to the Portage County Board of Elections by Aug. 5.

She said residents should not confuse the two expiring levies with the bond issue that passed last November that will upgrade and rebuild school buildings in the district.

In November, voters approved a bond issue that will 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.

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