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Issue 20: 6.57-Mill School Levy

The 10-year levy would generate $6.5 million annually if passed by voters in November.

What: Issue 20: New money emergency 6.57-mill school levy

Election Day: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011 

History: A 6.57-mill 10-year levy would generate $6.5 million annually for the district and would cost the owner of $100,000 home:

  • $201.21 annually
  • $100.60 for half a year
  • $16.77 a month
  • 55 cents a day

If passed, the first collection would be in 2012. Administrators say the levy is for 10 years instead of five to avoid voter fatigue. 

Argument For: With the cuts the  has made, passage of the levy would mean the district could remain in the black financially through 2015. High school busing would also be reinstated for high school students.

The district has and made , which is expected to . More cuts are expected if the levy fails. to discuss the cuts coming if the levy does not pass.

The district has not seen any new money since 2002.

Argument Against: Residents feel deeper cuts are necessary and don't want to increase their taxes anymore.

Families have had to do more with less and it is expected out of the school district as well. Residents also. 

Election Coverage: Stow Patch will provide all day election coverage Nov. 8. To keep up with the latest, check the website several times that day and "like" our Stow Elections Facebook page.

Check the site soon for profiles on school board candidates and government election coverage. 

 Patch will accept letters to the editor until the day before the election. Submit the letters by emailing Local Editor Amanda.Harnocz@Patch.com. Patch reserves the right to withhold publication of letters to the editor that contain charges or accusations that cannot be verified. 

Where to Vote: Click  for a list of voting locations in Stow.

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Ed Kent November 04, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Even though the Plain Dealer said the levy would cost each homeowner 20% more on their tax bills, the Summit County Fiscal Office wants everyone to realize that it could be more since things aren't finalized. They don't want people getting upset after the levy is passed and then wondering why their bill ended up more than anticipated. That's why they're warning people. I appreciate their cander. They want people to know this before going to the polls.
Mike Barnes November 04, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Agreed -- my concern is some people may think or assume the actual amount could be hundreds of dollars more. Worse yet -- some people may try to spin the lack of a firm final number from the county into a reason to not vote for the levy.
Mike Barnes November 04, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Donny -- I guess we will agree that we disagree!! The Pending Levy Tax Estimator is an excellent guide and I think saying it will cost a lot more is an overreaction. For me the bottom line is threefold --- first I don't doubt for a second that the district needs the money and will continue to need more money as long as we demand high standards for our schools. Second, the method of funding absolutely needs to be changed and we as voters need to start demanding the attention of our state legislators. Third, we should not hold the future of the community hostage to the inactions of some of the idiots we elected in Columbus or to a group of people who just say “no” and offer no viable alternate solutions. I know you and others may disagree but I don’t think we, as a community, can afford to NOT pass Issue 20.
Beatrice Thompson November 04, 2011 at 11:34 PM
The Akron Beacon Journal also had a chart in the paper rearlier this week stating 20%.
Mike Barnes November 09, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Thanks to everyone for everything you did to make Issue 20 happen. We literally talked to thousands of people and heard many positive -- and negative – comments. At the end of the day we helped many people get the information they needed to make a positive decision that will help our community for years to come. The method of funding schools in Ohio virtually guarantees the need to keep coming back to voters to renew levies and to ask for new money. At the same time federal state and local sources of funding are shrinking. Add a poor economy and we have the proverbial perfect storm for voter discontent. You can’t have schools without students and teachers and you cannot have great schools without great employees and most important citizens who support education. To the citizens who actively supported Issue 20 I say thanks again. To those who couldn’t or wouldn’t support Issue 20 I really hope the economy changes soon and you seek the answers to questions and concerns that prevent you from saying yes to future funding requests. Thanks again

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