Three area school districts are making plans to place levy renewal requests on the November ballot.
The Eastwood school board will be seeking renewal of a 2-mill levy that was originally passed as a 5-year issue but will likely be on the ballot this year as a continuing levy.
“The size of this levy is very small, and it has had widespread support over the years,” Brent Welker, superintendent writes in the district newsletter. “As a result we are asking voters to renew this levy on a continuing basis, I know there are some people who will not like the fact that this levy, if passed, will be on a continuing basis. Many people like to have the accountability of having the district on the ballot to make sure we are minding the public coffers. However, having the income tax on the ballot every five years will still force the district to spend tax dollars wisely and provide plenty of accountability.”
A resolution to ask the Wood County Auditor to certify the renewal request was on the agenda of the school board’s June 27 meeting.
School board members plan to consider a second resolution to be submitted to the county board of elections at their July 29 meeting.
Welker said the effective collection rate of the levy is 1.1 mills. It funds capital projects such as building and bus maintenance.
“The dedicated fund is essential for us considering the age of our facilities,” he said.
Dave Michel, Eastwood treasurer, said the levy generates about $265,000 annually.
The Woodmore school board has approved a resolution that begins the process of seeking the renewal of an emergency levy in November.
Treasurer Kevin Slates said the levy was approved in 2009 and will expire at the end of 2014. It generates about $829,000 annually for operations of the district.
The school board is scheduled to meet July 23 at 6 p.m. and will consider a resolution to submit to the Sandusky County Board of Elections for placing the levy request on the ballot, Slates said.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem board also plans to ask voters in November to renew two levies. Board members last week approved the initial resolution for placing a 1.2-mill permanent improvement levy and a 3.9-mill operating levy on the ballot. Both levies run for five years.
Heather DeWitz, board president, said a levy committee is being formed to promote the ballot issues.
Residents interested in serving on the committee are invited to an organizational meeting Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. in the school board office.