Friday, June 22, 2012

Massillon City Schools - NEW LEVY in November


MASSILLON — City School District voters will be asked to pass a new levy in November. During a special session Thursday, Superintendent Rik Goodright told the board that now is the time to seek new revenue from residents.

“My recommendation,” Goodright said, “is to go for new moneys in November of this year.”

Goodright told the board Thursday that he believes an 8.9-mill levy would generate enou...gh money to keep the district stable, barring unforeseen expenditures or cuts in revenue at the state level.

Annually, an 8.9-mill levy would bring in about $3.75 million — more than enough to cover the $3.2 million projected deficit. Goodright also reminded the board that any new revenue collected by this levy will only sustain existing programming. It will not reverse any cuts.

Board members have already been apprised of potential cuts that could be made to save the district money if needed. Those cuts range from moving to state minimum busing levels to cutting preschool programming. Goodright’s hope is that none of those cuts will have to be made.

“When discussing cuts,” Goodright said, “we face a double-edged sword. If we don’t talk about them, we are seen as vague. If we do talk about them, we are seen as threatening. We are not trying to threaten, but we do want to be transparent about our future actions so that residents have enough information to make an informed decision.”

Goodright told the board that if it opts to place the levy on as a five-year emergency levy, voters need to know how often they would asked to renew levies at ballot box.

Massillon has two emergency levies that voters are asked to renew every five years. Adding a third five-year emergency levy means voters could face a renewal levy request in 7 out of the next 10 years beginning in 2013.

“This is about being transparent with the community and letting the community know what its responsibility would look like in the next 10 years,” Goodright said.



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