DOYLESTOWN – The Chippewa Local Schools Board of Education voted to place two levies on the May ballot – renewal of an income tax levy and a new permanent improvement levy.
Ira Hamman, treasurer, said the board, which met Monday, is working to create a levy team to work with the community to answer questions residents might have regarding the levies before the May vote.
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Breakdown of the levies and their impact
Hamman said the 1% income tax levy is a five-year renewal.
The 0.5-mill permanent improvement levy would be continuous and raise about $140,000, Hamman said, noting the cost to the owner of a property valued at $100,000 would be about $50 annually.
At a board meeting in December, Hamman said the income tax levy makes up roughly 15% of the district’s revenue — roughly $2.2 million.
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He also pointed out the last levy the board attempted to renew, a 1.9-mill levy that would have brought in roughly $285,000 annually, failed in 2016.
Since then, Hamman said, the district had “kicked the can down the road in not taking care of maintenance issues” that have popped up in some of the schools due to a lack of funding.
While the district has received funds over the years from organizations such as the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, board member Linda Fenn pointed out at the December meeting that those funds could only be used on certain projects, such as the Junior/Senior High School.
While Hamman said the money from the 0.5-mill levy being proposed may not make a large impact, it would certainly “be very helpful.”
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