Norwalk Schools levy approved

A Norwalk Schools victory Tuesday snapped the most longstanding school levy drought in the four-county area
Alissa Widman Neese
May 7, 2014
Voters OK’d a 4.95-mill, five-year operating levy for the district, with about 61 percent supporting the issue, according to unofficial election results.

Until Tuesday, voters hadn’t approved a new operating levy for Norwalk Schools since 1991.

“We’re so very appreciative of our community for responding during a very tough time for us,” superintendent Dennis Doughty said. “We’d cut everything we could, and voters realized that and responded. We’re delighted”

The approved levy, which school officials dubbed “five for five,” will stabilize the district’s operating budget for the next five years. Its annual budget is about $24 million.

The measure will generate $1.5 million a year for Norwalk Schools and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $175 in additional taxes each year.

“We’ll still need to be very fiscally responsible, but this new infusion of money will help us a lot,” Doughty said. “Those who supported our levy will help our kids go forward for the next five years”