Waterloo Local Schools' Board of Education has voted to place a 8.25-mill levy on the Aug. 8 ballot.
The board met last week during two special meetings in order to place the continuing operating levy before voters. During the meeting, the board voted 5-0 to place the issue back on the ballot.
"We had to have a special meeting," said Superintendent Shawn Braman. "It was a timeliness issue. (Wednesday) was the last day we could submit paperwork to get that done."
The district will not be asking for more millage on the ballot. The same issue lost by 500 votes -- 1,055 to 511 -- on the May 2 ballot, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.
"We weren't sure if we were able to do it," Braman said. "Our treasurer, Todd Carpenter, researched it and the timing allowed us to keep the same millage. If this one were to fail, we'll have to raise the millage."
The levy will cost the homeowner about $24 per month. If the levy passes, it will allow the district to maintain current programming and student course offerings. If the levy fails, the district will have to carry out teacher lay offs and cut a million dollars from the district's budget.
"I'm very happy," Braman said. "It will be a fast summer with us working towards the levy. I'm willing to do whatever it takes until we pass it. I'm going to change our strategy a little. We had a good response with teachers and administrators that were involved, but they're going to be gone for the summer. I'm going to lean on the community people and talk with people who are going to be supportive of the schools."