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Renewal Levy Vote Set For May

The renewal levy would not ask for new money from taxpayers. But without voter approval, Twinsburg Schools would lose $4.3 million annually.

Editor's Note: The original story had incorrect information. The levy will be put to voters in May.

Twinsburg voters will likely head to the ballot boxes in May to decide whether to renew a school tax levy.

The Board of Education approved a resolution setting the date for the 6.9-mill levy vote during Wednesday's meeting. A second resolution still needs to be approved by the school board.

The renewal levy would not raise new money from taxpayers, it would simply continue taxes they are already paying. Without the levy, the schools would be out $4.3 million annually and would have to again discuss operational and instructional cuts. The schools have already cut positions and raised fees to improve the district's budget picture.

"If this levy were not to pass, we would actually be going backwards," said Board member Ron Stuver.

The operating levy was first approved in 1993 and has been renewed every five years since.

An affirmative vote by residents in May would make the levy more permanent because the levy will now be continually funded and not up for vote every five years.

Twinsburg taxpayers just approved new levy dollars to fund the schools, with 54 percent of voters supporting the new tax dollars.

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