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Local schools look to voters Tuesday

Local schools look to voters Tuesday

(Cleveland) - Over a dozen Greater Cleveland school districts have tax issues on Tuesday's ballot, and they run the gamut from renewals of existing levies, to issues that will make up for losses in state funding.

--Brecksville-Broadview Heights has a 7.4 mill renewal levy on the ballot. They say it provides $5 million dollars per year to the district, and represents 11% of their operating budget. If it fails, superintendent Scot Prebles says they'll have to go back to the voters, likely in November.

--Brooklyn is taking the unusual step of putting a 9.2 mill combined operating levy and bond issue on the ballot. Superintendent Cynthia Walker says it's a way to bring both issues together and emphasize their importance.

--Lakewood voters will be asked to approve a 3.9 mill levy, which superintendent Jeff Patterson says is to help cover losses in state operating funds.

--Black River is asking for an 8.7 mill additional levy. School leaders say without the levy, they'll eliminate advanced placement classes, not replace retiring teachers, and increase pay-to-play fees for sports.

--Cloverleaf wants an extra 7.9 mills from voters, which if they say doesn't pass, they'll have a deficit of $3 million per year, and if it does pass, programs that were cut will be restored.

--Painesville would like voters to approve a renewal levy of 6.06 mills.

--Kirtland voters are being asked to renew a 5.12 mill levy.

--Mentor has two issues on the ballot, an 8.84 mill renewal levy to avoid an operating deficit, and a 1 mill renewal levy for general improvements. Superintendent Matthew Miller says these represent 18% of the district's budget.

--Willoughby-Eastlake is asking voters to approve a 4.71 mill levy which they say will continue the status quo regarding class sizes and programs.

--Ledgemont wants voters to approve a whopping 14.7 mill levy. The state has placed the district is in fiscal emergency.

--Amherst voters will see two issues, a 7.55 mill renewal levy for operating expenses and a 2.0 mill levy for general improvements. The Amherst Board of Education has already told superintendent Steve Sayers that if the issues don't pass, he can go ahead with cuts in programs and services, and increases in student fees.

--Avon Lake Schools are asking voters to approve an 8.28 mill levy which will replace state funding that was cut, as well as tax dollars that are being lost by the devaluation and ultimate closure of the power plant in the city.

--North Ridgeville voters are being asked to approve a 2.53 mill renewal levy which if it passes, will allow some programs that were previously cut to be restored.

Polls in these districts are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Check here for results on Tuesday evening after the polls close.

 

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