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UPDATE: School Levy Passes in Green Local School District

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE: 11/6/12 @ 11:45 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Voters approved a $475,000 school levy Tuesday night by 73 votes, unofficially.

The levy will provide funding for the Green Local School District through the next five years through increased property taxes.

This is a levy that's been on the ballot three times in the past two years and has failed, but this time the yes votes outnumbered the no’s 1,026 to 953.

Supporters of the levy cheered and hugged as the final returns were displayed at the Scioto County Courthouse.

"We are absolutely thrilled,” Superintendant Sandy Mers said. “We couldn't be more proud of what happened."

Because of their tight financial situation at Green, Mers says they've had to cut 17 positions through attrition since 2006.

"We've had postcard parties, we've had door to door campaigns, lots of community events, and our community really got involved this time,” Mers said. “I think that made the difference."

Without this funding they were looking at being broke by next school year.

"Educationally the kids probably won't notice any difference because we're still going to give them a rigorous education,” Mers said, “but we'll be able to concentrate on that education instead of looking for grants for every possible thing."



UPDATE 8/7/12 @ 9:30 p.m.
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A $475,000 emergency school levy narrowly failed Tuesday night.

According to unofficial returns, the levy failed by a 562-506 vote.

The Green Local School District was asking voters to approve a $475,000 emergency levy that would have provided funding during the next five years through increased property taxes.

The same levy failed by 24 votes in March. A similar levy failed last November.

With each losing vote, superintendent Sandy Mers says there’s more trauma to the school system. 17 positions have been eliminated through attrition since 2006, and Mers says they’re running out of options.

"We're basically at a bare bones teaching staff right now," she said. "We've cut everywhere we can cut."

Mers says they plan to put the levy back on the ballot in November.

The school district paid for that special election. It was estimated to have cost a little more than 20 thousand dollars.



UPDATE 8/7/12 @ 7:45 a.m.
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Voters in the Green Local School District in Scioto County are heading to the polls today.

The District is asking voters to approve a $475,000 emergency levy that will provide funding over the next five years through increased property taxes.

A seven-mill levy failed by 24 votes during the March 6 Ohio Primary. A one-mill levy also failed to pass back in November 2010.

The special election is expected to cost just over $21,000 and is being paid for the school district.

WSAZ.com will have elections results after the polls close Tuesday night.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m.



UPDATE 4/27/12
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A local school system has received the OK to put an emergency levy on the ballot.

Earlier this week, the Scioto County Board of Elections approved a request by the Green Local School District to conduct a special election on August 7.

The 7-mill levy failed by 24 votes during the March 6 Ohio Primary.

If it passes, the levy would give the district about $475,000 in funding over the next five years through increased property tax rates.

The special election is expected to cost just over $21,000 and be paid by the school district.



UPDATE: 3/6/12 @ 11 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A school district in a state of financial emergency will have to find other means of coming up with some much-needed cash.

The Green Schools levy failed by a slim margin Tuesday night.

Unofficially, 684 people voted against the levy, and 660 voted for it.

Now that the levy hasn't passed, the district is looking at being broke by the 2013-2014 school year, school administrators say.

The levy would have raised 475 thousand dollars over 5 years.

The school has already had to cut 14 positions. Now, school board member Thom Davis says they have some very tough decisions ahead of them.

Davis says they’ll likely make another attempt to get financial support from voters and put a similar levy on the ballot this November.



ORIGINAL STORY
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A school district facing serious financial trouble is asking the community to help.

An operations tax levy is going on the ballot in Franklin Furnace in March.

Wednesday night, Green High School hosted a rally where those with ties to the school are hoping to drum up support.

Cheerleaders, dance teams, basketball players and the pep band were all part of the presentation. They're hoping to make the case to voters that helping the school is worth paying some extra tax money for.

This levy would raise $475,000 over five years.

Some neighbors in Franklin Furnace say they want to see the school do well, but they simply can't afford to vote for a levy that will take any more money out of their pockets.

If the levy passes, voters would pay less than two cents a day for every $1,000 of taxable value, so on property valued at $25,000, it would cost you $.17 a day, which is $61.25 a year.

If it doesn't pass, the school will be out of money during the 2013-2014 school year, will be $50,000 in the hole the next year, and by 2016 have a $1 million deficit.


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