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MLS Asks Voters for a Substitute Levy

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Topic: MLS Asks Voters for a Substitute Levy
Posted By: ChriSpenceRachel
Subject: MLS Asks Voters for a Substitute Levy
Date Posted: Aug 04 2016 at 10:18pm

Monroe Local School District Asks Voters for a Substitute Maintenance and Operations Levy Request to be Placed on November 8, 2016 Ballot

MONROE, OH--The Monroe Local School District Board has announced that the District will submit to voters a substitute levy request for maintenance and operations to be voted upon by Monroe residents in the November 8, 2016 election. If passed, the 7.2 mills levy will generate $2.2 million annually starting in 2018 and won’t increase taxes. 

A substitute levy was chosen because it allows the district to request a lower amount of money, but the “right-sized, fiscally conservative amount” to provide the stable funding needed to cover operational expenses. Additionally, it allows for the money-saving homestead and rollback subsidy.  In December 2017, the $2.5 million fixed sum Emergency Levy (passed in 2012) will expire and the district will not have the funds needed for operational support.  The levies will not overlap. 

If the substitute levy passes, the cost to a taxpayer who owns a home valued at $100,000 will be $252 annually, which is $30 less per year than the current fixed sum Emergency Levy ($287 per year).  Levy millage is based upon the assessed value of your home, not market value and the definite collection rate will be determined based on actual assessed value.     

“In the past 4 years, we have worked to bring Monroe Schools back to fiscal health and implement new procedures and budget monitoring tools to ensure long-term financially responsibility,” explained Holly Cahall, Treasurer for the Monroe Local School District.  “This substitute levy is a key component in providing seamless funding for future operations.”

Monroe students continue to score significantly above state average on state proficiency tests with very low per-pupil cost of $7,872 per year that are 25% lower than similar districts ($10,531) and 42% lower than the state average ($13,049).  All while Monroe Schools only receive $2,282 from the State of Ohio which is $2,747 lower than the state average.

Levy funds will help support many valuable school district programs which the state does not fund or does not fully fund.  If approved, funds would continue to support and enhance the following items and/or programs: e-learning & technology, class offerings at the secondary level such as electives and advanced classes, specials including art, music, PE & STEAM, lower class sizes, extra-curricular activities (academic competitions, athletics, band and choir), transportation and all-day kindergarten.

“This levy is absolutely critical to the District so it can continue providing tomorrow’s leaders with learning opportunities,” said Dr. Phil Cagwin, Monroe Local School District Superintendent.  “At Monroe we are lucky to have immense community support who helped bring us back to financial stability and together we will work to ensure every student is prepared for learning from to Kindergarten to college and career readiness.”

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