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3.9-Mill Schools Levy Will Be Part of the May Ballot

The Lakewood Board of Education passed the resolution Monday night.

The Lakewood Board of Education took the final step toward putting a 3.9-mill levy on the May ballot Monday night. 

The board has been discussing this possible levy for months—back in August, the district began surveying residents, asking whether they would support a levy and how much they would be able to afford.

After months of discussion, the board opted to put a traditional, 3.9-mill levy on the May 7 ballot. According to a press release from the board, the levy would cost homeowners $10 per month for $100,000 of home value, if passed. 

The district has made spending cuts in recent years, but has also seen a decrease in property tax collections and in state funding. This is the lowest millage request since the 1970s, according to the district.

For more:

  • 3.9-Mill Levy Takes Another Step Toward the Ballot
  • 3.9-Mill Levy May be Headed to the Ballot in May
  • Five-Year Financial Forecast is ‘Challenging’ for Lakewood Schools
  • Survey Says: Lakewood School Levy Coming
ian king February 06, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Lakewood is living in the past. This is a city that is losing population, not gaining. This is a city that has a very limited business community, it is not rapidly expanding. This is a city with an aging housing stock that continues to look more dilapidated year by year. This is a city with a large aging population on fixed incomes. This is a city with a serious drug and crime problem on its eastern border of 117th St. I could go on and on. Lakewood is not as prosperous has it was in years gone by. Nor will those glory days likely return anytime soon. With very high property taxes already and also a hefty tax on your earned income, we the citizens need to say no to yet another tax burden. This is not about supporting schools. We all love our schools. This is about the need to get out of the old Rust Belt way of taxation. This is not just $ 10 a month. It is for most of us going to be over $ 200 a year x 3 years = over $600. = on top of more tax property/income increases most likely over that 3 year period of time also. ENOUGH! The school board needs to start to think out of the box. Vote down this tax increase and maybe we will finally see some action from the board/city to sell old empty schools, to review retiree pensions, and to start to put an action plan in place that accepts the reality that Lakewood is not a booming town anymore - there is NOT an unlimited tax stream to gather from its citizens every year.
The original Bill February 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Rachel could you also find out exactly how much more money that Lakewood Schools are going to get with this "increased funding" from the state? And could you also correlate that amount with the amount that has been cut from the state in the last few years?
The original Bill February 06, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I'll answer one of my own questions. Lakewood will receive NO additional money for FY 2014 and an additional $329,000 for FY 2015. So all you people who think they should re work the levy request can mull over those figures. http://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/index.ssf/2013/02/find_out_how_ohios_school_fund.html?appSession=805356803888402
m.z.1 February 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I am voting NO. I want see this city cleaned up from border to border east to west and south to north. Increase the desire to live in ALL areas of Lakewood and families will move in. Only then will support for the school levys will grow. As long as there are drugs/crime taking over, and no end in sight - forget your school levy. And remember Lakewood, once you let your citizens/property owners down it takes years to recover. Work NOW for the reputation you want to have in the future. Work for all of Lakewood, not just "certain" neighborhoods.
The original Bill February 08, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Yeah! That'll show them. Screw the kids and the city will have no other choice than to clean up the streets. Even though the schools are completely separate from city hall.

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