Southeastern Schools places renewal levy on fall ballot

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(Posted July 29, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Southeastern Local Schools is placing a renewal request for an operating levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The school board met in special session on July 27 to pass the second of two resolutions needed to place the levy on the ballot. The deadline to submit issues to the board of elections for the fall ballot is Aug. 4.

The school district is seeking renewal of a 3.69-mill operating levy for five years. The current levy expires at the end of 2022. The levy, which helps to pay for expenses including salaries, benefits, curriculum materials, supplies and utilities, has been on the books since 2002.

“This represents no new taxes,” said Ben Kitchen, district treasurer. “We want to be considerate of voters. With everything going on, we’re just trying to keep the status quo.”
If passed, the renewal will continue to generate $490,000 per year. The cost to the taxpayer is $369 per year per $100,000 of property valuation.

The levy accounts for approximately 5 percent of the district’s annual revenues.

“Five percent might not sound like a lot, but we are in the break-even business,” Kitchen said. “We are very reliant on that income to keep us where we need to be.”

David Shea, district superintendent, said one of the reasons the levy is important is it helps the district to maintain smaller class sizes–typically, 17 to 20 students per teacher.

“The district is very appreciative of the support of the community with this renewal levy and all our levies and income tax,” Shea added.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Oct. 4. For more information, contact the Clark County Board of Elections at (937) 521-2120. The elections office is located at 3130 E. Main St., Springfield, and online at www.boe.ohio.gov/clark. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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