POLL: Twinsburg Schools' Levy Approved; How Will You Vote?
The Twinsburg School Board approved putting a 4.9 mill new tax levy on the November ballot
The Twinsburg Board of Education unanimously approved putting a new tax levy on the November ballot Thursday.
The 4.9 mill new tax levy will go before the voters on Nov. 6. It means the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $150.06 annually. That would generate $3.8 million for the district each year.
"We’ve implemented operational changes over the past two years, however, the district is still operating in the red," Board President Ron Stuver said.
Earlier this month Treasurer Martin Aho's five-year forecast predicted the district would be in the red $12.8 million by 2016. If approved, the levy would leave $550,000 in the district's reserves by 2016.
“It is absolutely essential to the future of the district that this passes,” Board Member David Andrews said.
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This year the district will lose $3.2 million. Over the past several months Twinsburg has completed the same amount in cuts and changes to its operations.
"This levy helps to close the gap created primarily by the loss of the tangible personal property tax,” Stuver said.
Recent survey data showed that out of 767 respondents residing in the district, 65 percent (via phone) and 70 percent (online) said they would likely vote for a 4.9 mill levy.
“Not only is it a balanced approach, but it’s part of the long-term plan,” Board Member Paul Crosby said.
While some members of the community have expressed their displeasure on the board's communications to the public, Board Member Stephen Shebeck said the board and administration are making the right decision.
“We’ve done our due diligence,” Shebeck said.
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