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Huron school board wants to renew levy

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM


Huron Schools officials are prepped to place a renewal tax levy on the November ballot.

The district's 1.25-mill, five-year operating levy expired in 2013, and board members are seeking to extend its funds an additional five years for the first time.

Voters first approved the levy in 2009.

It currently costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $38 a year, according to the Erie County Auditor's Office.

If approved, the renewal levy would not increases taxes from the amount taxpayers currently pay.

At a meeting Tuesday, board members agreed to send a resolution to the Erie County auditor declaring their intent to seek a levy renewal.

They discussed possibly extending the levy's timeframe to 10 years, to increase the district's financial stability, but they ultimately agreed on a five-year proposal.

"I agree with (board member Tim Sowecke), we need to be as upfront as we can with the public," board member John Caporini said. "It would be nice if we could go for 10, but in reality, I think it's better to stick with five right now. That's what they approved."

The levy generates about $400,000 annually for Huron Schools general operations.

The district's annual operating budget is about $15 million, according to its most recent five-year financial forecast on the Ohio Department of Education website.

Once the Erie County auditor certifies the renewal levy's millage, board members must approve a second resolution before it's officially listed on the November ballot. The deadline to do so is Aug. 6.

Huron Schools renewal levy

•1.25-mill, 5-year tax levy.

•Will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $38 in taxes a year, not increasing taxes from the amount currently paid.

•Will generate $400,000 a year for day-to-day district operations, including employee salaries and benefits.

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