BG seeks 6.75-mill levy for schools
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:24
Bowling Green taxpayers will be asked to support a 6.75-mill property tax levy in May for their school district.
The Board of Education unanimously voted for that levy option at its meeting Tuesday.
The board for two months has been weighing its options after an 0.75-percent income tax request failed in November.
The 6.75-mill tax, set as a continuing tax, would collect $1,972,922 in fiscal year 2014, but would hit its full collection of $3,945,984 the following year. That amount is estimated to be collected each year at least through fiscal year 2017, when expenses are again expected to top revenues. The deficit estimated in FY 2017 is $2,109,798.
District Treasurer Rhonda Melchi said the owner of a home appraised at $150,000 would pay $25.84 a month, or $310.08 a year for the new tax.
Individual tax amounts on homes can be calculated by visiting the Wood County Auditor's Office Web site at www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor/.
"What we pay tax on is 35 percent of that (appraised) value," said Melchi.
Superintendent Ann McVey also took time to point out all the cost-saving measures the district has taken in the past five years.
In 2008-09 there were 226 teachers in the district and 72 support staff. There are now 197 and 65.5, respectively.
Next year, the district will have just seven principals, down from 10 a decade ago, after closing South Main and Milton schools, the Central Administration Building, and the planned closure of Ridge Elementary at the end of this school year.
Still, academic options have not been compromised, she continued.
"No one lost a job," stated McVey, pointing out all cut positions were through attrition.
Also at the end of this next school year, two building substitutes will be gone, 20 percent of instructional supplies will be cut, and the HVAC position will stay unfilled. None of those items will be reinstated with passage in May of the levy.
That amounts to $400,000 in savings, a "drop in the bucket," McVey said. "But it's a start."
Her one regret is that the district will have to delay, again, adding all-day kindergarten.
"We simply cannot implement all-day kindergarten next year," she said.
The new levy won't collect enough during the 2013-14 school year, but McVey is hoping to add the kindergarten program in 2014-2015 if the levy is approved in May.
The program was to start this school year, but was held back when the start of the Crim Elementary expansion was delayed.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Congratulated Veelon Dewyer, a fifth-grader at Conneaut Elementary, and Madison Szymanski, a fifth-grader at Kenwood Elementary, for having their artwork selected for the Safety Kids Calendar Contest, sponsored by the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. MacKenzie Kneessi, a fifth-grader at Crim Elementary, won an honorable mention.
• Was congratulated by McVey for serving in their leadership roll. This is School Board Recognition Month. The superintendent called the members involved, dedicated and knowledgeable. She also praised Eric Myers' leadership as president in 2012, and welcomed Ellen Scholl as president this year.