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Nordonia Hills School Board issues statement there will be no PI levy on November ballot

by Briana Barker | Reporter Published: August 3, 2016 12:00 AM
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Nordonia Hills -- The Nordonia Hills City School Board at its July 25 meeting officially announced its decision to not place a permanent improvement levy on the ballot in 2016.

The Board had previously discussed placing a 1.49-mill PI levy on the Nov. 8 ballot to cover repair costs and other expenses not including wages.

If it had gone to the ballot and passed, the levy would cost homeowners $35 per $100,000 of their home's value. It would have brought the district $1.3 million per year.

Board member Jim Szabo said during a June 13 special meeting he wouldn't support the levy because he feels the voters spoke last November when they voted against an identical 1.49-mill PI levy.

Other members agreed, based on the administration's announcement that the district would have more money than it had previously forecast.

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Board member Nick Berchtold said in June he has seen photos of repairs needed throughout the district, but said he believes the district can get by without more money through 2017.

According to District Treasurer Karen Obratil, the receipt of three insurance premium "holidays" saved the district $1.4 million by not having to pay premiums for three months. In light of the extra funds, School Board members agreed the district can continue into 2017 without asking the voters to approve a PI levy.

In a formal statement read by School Board President Tammy Strong, the Board maintains repairs to the district's facilities "are very real and needed" but the five Board members agreed placing the levy on the ballot this fall was "premature based on the BOE's review of the district's five-year forecast as presented to the BOE in May 2016."

"In this regard, the BOE is of the position that the district has the financial capacity to make these improvements in 2017 without seeking additional external funds from the community in the form of a PI levy," Strong read.

The statement concluded by stating new funds will be needed by the district within the next few years unless the state's current school district funding changes for the better.

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