Lakewood Schools Levy by the Numbers

Learn more about the 3.9-mill levy that will be on the May 7 ballot.

Last week, the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education voted to put a 3.9-mill levy on the May 7, 2013 ballot. Here’s a little more information about that proposal:

  • What is it? A 3.9-mill operating levy. Operating levies are used to pay for regular expenses, like salaries and classroom materials, in the school district.
  • How much would it cost residents? The levy would cost taxpayers an estimated $10 per month per $100,000 of home value, according to a press release from the district
  • How much money would it bring to the district? Christine Gordillo, a spokeswoman for the district, said that the levy would generate about $3.327 million each year for the Lakewood City Schools if passed. The levy would bring in less money the first year, since it would only be in effect for half the year, she added. Collections would not begin until 2014.

For more:

  • Funding Would Increase Slightly for Lakewood Schools Under Governor’s Budget Proposal
  • 3.9-Mill Schools Levy Will Be Part of the May Ballot
  • 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
Paul Grimm February 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Just another $150 on top of already too high taxes, increased water bill, etc. We are getting nickel & dimed to death.
Judy Towner February 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
NO. Enough is enough. Small house and my taxes are OUTRAGEOUS. Taxes are driving people out of the city.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Hey Bill, I have supported this school district for 40+ years, but not this time. I believe it is you who has not a clue about finances. I believe the supreme court ruled many times that this is unconstitutional! And in case if you didn't notice, Jobs are coming back to Ohio at a greater rate than most of the country. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, then rethink!!!
The original Bill February 11, 2013 at 06:57 PM
All you Kasich supporters: What did you expect? He balanced the state budget by greatly reducing the money flowing into school districts. You all thought it was great that he was able to balance the state budget. Now it is time to pay the piper. This is exactly how Republicans work, cut the taxes on the wealthy and corporations and expect the middle class to pick up the slack. You voted for him now you can see what you got. Wait till the next budget comes out where he cuts taxes even more on corporations while raising the sales taxes that everybody pays.
m.z.1 February 12, 2013 at 05:05 AM
The money this will raise is approximately 4% of the total budget. Basically the same amount they cut last year but then turned around and reversed the cuts. If they stuck to their original budget cuts would this levy even be necessary? I find it troubling when people have no problem spending someone else's money. Get the empty schools off the balance sheet and prove to the citizens of Lakewood you can accomplish budgeting goals. Then ask for more. Lakewood schools shouldn't expect money when they can not demonstrate sound fiscal responsibility.


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