CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) - Centerville City Schools is making its third attempt to pass a levy that will generate more money for the district.
The 5.9 mill levy is labeled as Issue 34 on the November ballot. According to Superintendent Dr. Tom Henderson, if passed, it will generate $9.5 million a year, for the next 10 years. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home, $156 a year or $13 a month.
This is an operational levy that will cover costs like bussing, school materials, supplies and salaries.
"Two failed levies and less help from the state has forced the district to cut millions in programs and services, eliminate 75 positions and implement a 3-year pay freeze on teachers over the past several years," said Dr. Henderson. "If it doesn't pass, the board will be forced to make some tough decisions. This means fewer teachers, fewer programs and higher pupil-teacher ratio in our classrooms."
But, the push for support comes with opposition from some residents, who claim the school funding system is botched.
"I'm not going to impose a tax on all the property owners because its only on the people who own houses. Make it where its fair all the way across the board," said one resident who did not wish to give his name.
"We believe the school district is the center of the community and its the number one reason why people move to our communities and move to our schools. We are hoping to protect that by voting yes on Issue 34 on November 5," said Dr. Henderson.
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