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It's Official: 7.84-mil Renewal Levy on November Ballot

The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education approved the last step to put a renewal on the Nov. 6.

Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether a renewal levy that generates $7.3 million annually will be collected for the next 10 years for the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District this November. 

The current levy is for five years at 7.3-mils and expires at the end of 2012. The renewal levy, which will still generate $7.3 million annually, is for 10-years at 7.84-mils this time.

If passed in November, the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home:

  • $240.10 a year 
  • $20 a month

The first collection would begin in 2014 for the 2013 taxes. 

The voted 4-1 to approve putting the levy on the ballot June 11.

Board Member Rod Armstrong voted against the measure. He said he would be more comfortable asking voters for a levy for two years and for a lower millage amount based on the . 

"It takes away tax payer control over the levies and over the renewals," said Armstrong. 

Vice President Karen Wright explained she was in favor of going to the voters for 10 years because of some uncertainties in state funding. 

"I don’t think that in the near future Columbus is going to give us a boat load of money to remedy our troubles," she said. "We can’t let that go by the wayside ... if you don’t have [the money], the catch up is worse."

She also mentioned that putting a levy on the ballot every couple of years is costly. 

Dick Spangler, who reiterated that promotion for levies is paid for by private donations, said "stretching this out to 10 years and not having to do it every two, three, five years shores up a lot of work."

Armstrong also suggested combinging the levy expiring this year with 4.6-mil renewal that will expire in two years. 

Treasurer/CFO Catherine Bulgrin said combing two renewal levies would be confusing to the community because the milage would go up to about 12-mils and new money will be needed in about five years.

"We're trying to avoid voter fatigue," she said. "If we do that, the voters in this community will throw their hands up and not understand what we're doing."

James Thomas June 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Patch, How does this phrase "(and the right wing circle-jerks who take offense to that & think your party never does any wrong, can suck on it. Truth hurts)." not violate policy.
Amanda Harnocz June 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
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Candace Zimmerman June 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Any true professional photographer reading your comment is cracking up right now. You are trying so hard to sound like you know what you are talking about. But in fact, you continue to support my point. Any professional would know how to use manual settings and not run on auto like anyone who goes and buys a camera can. Professionals also know there is more to photograhpy then a camera setting and a lens. Also any professional that prides themself on being a professional would never take a picture of a person after directly being asked not to. You only make yourself look bad by not only arrogantly doing this on the videos we all know where there (you don't need to remind us) but then you get on here and cut people down and flaunt your opinion like you are some big deal in this city. Continue to make yourself look horrible with each and every letter you type. I will not be responding to any more of your almighty opinions, posts, responses etc. Type away. Drop the camera and your attitude.
Ricky Stowater July 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Candace - Maybe you could stop with the personal attacks. Is there a video of said board meeting? I would like to hear more about what is going on in the district and what that family's problems were.
Frank Guernsey October 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Candace sounds like she is a lonely person.

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