LIMA — In an attempt to combat voter fatigue, the Lima school board will likely begin the process next month of combining two renewal levies into one issue and getting it on the May ballot.
One levy, which raises $600,000, expires at the end of 2013. The other raises $1.6 million and expires at the end of 2014. Both are five-year levies and are for operations. Both have been around for nearly 20 years. Residents would not pay any additional money.
Treasurer Ryan Stechschulte recommended Thursday combining the two levies in order to “keep us off the ballot as frequently.” Voters in November passed a levy for new money that is also for five years. Renewing each separately when they expire would mean three consecutive years of going to voters.
Stechschulte also recommended putting the levy on for 10 years instead of the usual five. Ohio law now permits 10 years.
“Combining the two emergencies would be great,” Stechschulte said. “A 10-year cycle would be even better.”
The board will start making final decisions on the levy at its Jan. 10 organizational meeting. The district must file with the county board of elections by Feb. 6 to get on the May ballot.
Board members indicated support Tuesday of combining the two levies in order to avoid continually going to voters.
“The less we have to pester them the better,” Cat Kouns Born said.
C. Ann Miles added that putting the two levies together would also save money the district has to spend to get on the ballot.