SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Voters in Shawnee schools will consider new taxes when they go to the polls May 7, 2019. In November, voters rejected a 10-year 4.482 mill additional tax levy by a vote of 3,978 to 3,385 but approved a 4.113 renewal levy by a vote of 4,682 to 2,702.
Monday night, the school board unanimously passed a resolution which will place a 4.205 mill 5-year emergency levy on the ballot.
If passed, it will raise $1,950,000 for each year the levy is in effect.
“There’s a pretty big train wreck coming right down the road. I see it from my seat and I’m trying to prevent anything that would harm this district in the long term from ever happening. That’s why I really feel the need, and in discussion with the board, they feel the need as well to take care of this issue while it’s still a very manageable issue,” said Shawnee Superintendent James Kanable.
Getting voters to pass the levy won’t be easy given the failure of the levy last November.
“I think it’s just a matter of having good solid discussions with them. I don’t believe that there’s a magic comment. It’s just taking and opening our books and letting them see where we are, what we’re doing and allowing them to understand why we’re asking,” said Kanable.
Putting the levy on the May ballot was something that was needed to avoid conflicts with other entities asking for levies later in the year.
“The longer you wait, the more those debts pile up on you, which causes further problems. That was the main reason,” said Kanable.
The exact ballot language is as follows:
“Shall a levy be imposed by the Shawnee Local School District, Allen and Auglaize Counties, Ohio for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the School District in the sum of $1,950,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 4.205 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $.4205 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years, commencing in 2019, first due in calendar year 2020?”
Prior to the regular meeting, Clay Balyeat was elected board president and Ken Gross was elected vice-president.
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