I am writing in support of the Waterloo Local School District's five-year, 5.9-mill emergency levy on the Feb. 5 special election ballot.
If the levy is not passed, the state will take over the district, local control will be lost, and higher tax rates may be imposed.
The levy would cost property owners $15.06 per month per $100,000 of home value.
Keep in mind that the last Waterloo levy for additional operating money was passed back in 1995. Since that time, the district has had a reduction in funding from both the state and local level.
The district has cut nearly $2 million from its operating budget the past two years alone, the results of which have had a negative impact on the overall educational offerings for students. In addition, failure of Issue 1 will result in larger class sizes and fewer course offerings.
As you can see, Issue 1's passage is critical for the continued success of Waterloo schools and the community. That's why OSBA urges all Waterloo Local residents to vote for Issue 1 on Feb. 5.
Deputy Executive Director
Ohio School Boards Association, Columbus