Massillon City Schools Decides on Emergency Levy for November Ballot, Lowers Millage Amount
MASSILLON, OHIO – July 18, 2012 – At a special meeting, the Massillon Board of Education (BOE) approved the placement of an 8.1 mill, five-year emergency levy on the November ballot. Initially, the BOE was leaning toward an 8.9 mill general operating levy. The smaller millage will reduce the cost for taxpayers.
“We now have three less buildings to maintain, which means reduced maintenance costs,” said Superintendent Richard Goodright. “As a result, we were able to transfer money from our permanent improvement (PI) fund into our general operating fund, allowing us to decrease the millage amount. We are working diligently to find savings for taxpayers in all area of the district.”
An emergency levy will also allow the district to collect a fixed-dollar amount over a five-year period. In contrast, a general operating levy collects a set millage, which can fluctuate based on home values. With an emergency levy, the district will know exactly how much it is collecting year to year, which will assist with prudent budgeting.
Treasurer Sandra Moeglin will send the BOE’s decision to the Stark County Auditor, who will determine the dollar amount to be collected. The BOE will give its final approval at its regularly scheduled July 25 board meeting.
“We are trying to operate the district like private industry operates,” said Board President Phil Elum. “By being creative, we have realized additional savings which will reduce the amount of money we are asking from the taxpayers.”
If the levy passes, the Massillon Schools will not have to ask for new money for several years. Goodright said there will be renewals during that time, beginning next November, but there will be no new taxes.
If the levy does not pass, the district is prepared to implement a series of cuts, including instituting state minimum busing and pay-to-participate fees, reducing additional staff, and reducing the career tech program by 10-15 percent. The complete list of potential reductions can be found on the district’s website.
“Massillon has a proud past and a hopeful future,” Goodright said. “The first step to a new beginning is to stabilize the district financially. A November levy will do just that. This is a difficult time, and we are making tough decisions to make the Massillon City Schools the best district we can for our students and the community.”
ABOUT THE MASSILLON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTThe Massillon City School District has been educating students for more than 160 years, and strives to provide its students with an outstanding education and opportunities. For the 2012-2013 school year, Massillon will educate approximately 4,132of students with 542 of employees.