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Superintendent: November Levy Risky But Right Thing To Do

The Twinsburg School Board will vote on putting a 4.9 mill levy on the ballot in November on Thursday

' Superintendent Kathryn Powers isn't crazy about putting a new levy on the ballot during a presidential election, but administrators felt it was necessary.

“It’s risky, but we think it’s the right thing to do,” Powers said.

When the school board meets on Thursday, it will vote on sending a 4.9 mill levy to the ballot this November.

Treasurer Martin Aho said with a 4.9 mill levy the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $150.06 annually. That would generate $3.8 million for the district each year.

In 2016 the district's ending cash balance would be approximately $550,000. Earlier this month predicted the district would be in the red $12.8 million by 2016.

“It’s not going to be a giant bank account, but it’s reaching the board’s goals of a black balance,” Powers said about 2016 if the levy passes.

Using data from surveys and , Powers said the community would be more favorable of a 4.9 mill levy, compared to a 6.9 mill levy.

Powers said levies during a presidential election can be "tricky," but she didn't want to wait until 2013. If the district waits until the spring, because of how school finances operate, it would require a 7.9 mill levy. Essentially the district would be losing more money and waiting longer to collect.

It would also be in the same year as a 5.4 mill general operating renewal levy.

So what happens if this new money levy doesn't pass this fall?

The district would have to come back next year with the 7.9 mill levy and have to do .

If the levy does pass, however, Powers said there are no promises that any cuts would be restored because the district needs to stay the current course to keep in the black.

“It’s all about maintaing educational exellence for the students,” Powers said. “Our community has always supported our students and we hope they will continue to this November.”

james June 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
When does it ever end. First they raise our local tax to 2.25%. One of the highest in the state. Now they want another levy. We are already paying for a renewal in our current property tax. They talk about the district going in the red. Well what about residents going in the red? Means less money to save for college.
Jim W June 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Seniors on Social Security!! We are now doing without many things, so as to pay our bills. 4.9 mill levy would whipe out all the COLA we have received for several years. Is this fair for the Twinsburg Seniors?
John Cairns June 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I always laugh at the average $100,000 home taxes will increase $150 a year. The average home in Twinsburg is $205,000 according to the 2010 US census. Why not tell the people the facts when promoting the levy? Silly question, right.
The Truth June 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
This levy is not needed. The district has approx. $24 million in reserve. The last 2 years the district has tapped into the reserve for an average of $2.75 Million annually. At this rate it will be 5-8 years before a levy is needed. What is the district saving the money for? Spend it first and then come to the tax payers
Average Joe July 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Wow, a lot of teachers have nothing to do in the summer.
Dave September 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Does anyone know of a group that is promoting defeat of the levy? There is a Blue Ribbon Schools Committee that is promoting passage of the levy, but they are not telling the whole story. If that is the only information that residents hear, I fear the levy will pass. Please let me know if there is an opposition group!

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