East Liverpool City Schools is asking for an Emergency Levy Renewal on the ballot in November 5, 2019. Why is the levy called an Emergency Levy?
This term “Emergency” is defined by the State of Ohio (that’s what you’ll see in the actual ballot language) but there is no emergency. “Emergency” levies raise a flat dollar amount instead of a specific millage rate.
How will renewal of the levy impact my property taxes?
This is a renewal. A school levy can only bring the amount of dollars for which it was originally approved. If property values increase, the millage is reduced by the county to only collect the dollar amount for which it was approved. JUST A RENEWAL. NO NEW TAXES.
Voters initially passed the measure back in 2005;
An emergency levy is a fixed-sum property tax that generates a specific dollar amount for a specific period of time (5 years).
This 6.5 mill emergency levy serves as a limited operating levy and generates a fixed sum of $1,058,000 annually for a period of 5 years.
Fixed-sum levy rates are adjusted annually, up or down, to ensure the specified amount of revenue is collected. In other words, the millage rate could decrease over time if there is new construction or property valuation increases.
A mill is one-tenth of a percent or one-tenth of a cent in cash terms. The 6.5 mills would equal sixty-five cents ($0.65) for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation.
Renewing the levy is critical to help extend the current operating budget to the year 2024;
The operating budget includes teacher and staff salaries, benefits, maintenance and supplies, fuel, utilities and instructional supplies;
This levy generates $1,058,000 annually for operating expenses of the district;
Passage of the renewal levy is crucial to maintain the current quality of teaching and continue to provide important educational opportunities for our students.
Failure of this levy would require drastic cuts in personnel (salaries and benefits are 76% of the district’s operating budget) and programs.
Passage of this levy will ensure that students continue to receive the same support they are currently receiving from:
Classroom teachers, educational classroom aides and tutors;
Nurses, counselors, librarians and support staff, programs for students, student transportation, and resources for addressing individual student learning needs.
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