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Sandusky schools have money to operate

Alissa Widman Neese • May 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Voters overwhelmingly approved renewing the district’s longtime operating levy Tuesday, with about 70 percent supporting it, according to unofficial election results.

“We appreciate the significant support of our voters” Sanders said.    

“We interpret this as a sign they endorse the transformation work we’re doing, as well as the work that’s left to do. Tonight, the community said, ‘We love and support our kids’”

Watch video of their reaction in the player below

The 3.275-mill, five-year renewal levy has generated $1.5 million a year for the district since 1989. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $100 in taxes a year, and its approval Tuesday will not increase taxes from the amount homeowners currently pay.

The levy’s success was crucial to ensuring longterm stability for Sandusky Schools, as well as implementing its newly unveiled Transformation Plan, Sanders said.

With the levy’s approval, the district is projecting a positive cash balance in each year of its five-year financial forecast, with a surplus through the 2017-18 school year. Its annual operating budget is about $41 million.

Sandusky Schools administrators, school board members, teachers and families hosted a watch party at the Brass Lantern at Sandusky High School, where the group celebrated its victory while sharing pizzas.

The group credited levy committee co-chairs Craig Hofer and Mary Aaron, as well as committee treasurer Judy Corso, as the keys to their success.

“This was a team commitment, and we couldn’t be happier,” board president Tom Patterson said. “Thank you to the community for its support of our students. This is the future of Sandusky we’re talking about”

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