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Streetsboro School Board votes to place two renewal levies on November ballot

by mike lesko | Reporter Published: June 17, 2014 4:00 AM

The Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously voted June 12 to place two renewal school operating levies on the November election ballot -- one for 3.5 mills and one for 3.9 mills.

Those are the same millage amounts of the two existing levies that will expire in 2014, Treasurer Catherine Rouse said.

"It's a renewal," Board president Andrew Lesak told the audience June 12. "There will be no increase in taxes."

Rouse agreed, saying, "This is not a new tax."

The 3.5-mill levy collects about $1.4 million a year, Rouse said, and the 3.9-mill levy collects about $1.6 million annually. Those existing levies were both passed in 2010, she said. Although the current levies expire in 2014, they will collect money through fiscal year 2015, Rouse said.

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"The district cannot afford to lose those funds," Rouse said. "The first time we can (try to) renew them is November 2014."

By law, the board must also approve a second resolution to support the two levy renewals at the July 10 meeting.

Rouse said all the schools' documentation needs to be to the Portage County Board of Elections by Aug. 5.

Rouse said residents should not confuse the two expiring levies with the bond issue that passed last November that will upgrade and rebuild school buildings in the district.

In November, voters approved a bond issue that would help pay for a new high school and stadium on S.R. 14, while at the S.R. 303 school campus, the existing high school will be heavily renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, and the current middle school and Wait Primary School eventually will be closed.

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ratchet Jun 17, 2014 10:49 AM

All I heard months prior to last November s elections was how we needed a new school.  Voters approved a bond issue that would help pay for a new high school and stadium. I have not heard any plans with the veracity that was used to get people to vote for the bond issue.  As of right now I’m not very confident on the way this is playing out. I certainly hope I am wrong.  So as of right now I’m note sure I’ll vote for the renewal levies. I would like to see more articles about what stages our new school and stadium are in.