With voters failing to approve a new three-year operating levy last month, members of the Edon Northwest Local Board of Education paused to discuss the upcoming November property tax levy during a special session held Tuesday, September 4, 2012. President Suzanne McCullough called the meeting to order with all board members, Superintendent Ed Ewers, Treasurer Kerry Samples and two guests in attendance.
“Due to many factors, I would recommend withdrawing the levy from the ballot,” stated Superintendent Ewers. In addition to the disappointing August levy results, he also cited the substantial increase in farmer’s CAUV land values, poor crops this year due to drought conditions and a more positive financial outlook, resulting from the many cost-cutting measures put in place, as related reasons as well.
“With the latest cost reductions,” shared Treasurer Samples, “we have added around $300,000 to the ending balance in 2016.” While recent actions have reduced the amount of deficit-spending and allowed the District to buy some extra time, the District still faces a budget deficit. “We will have to put the levy back on the ballot in the near future,” Superintendent Ewers pointed out. He will provide the Board with a two-year plan, including possible additional cost-saving measures, for them to consider at their September meeting.
Superintendent Ewers also noted the decision whether to keep the property tax levy on the November ballot or remove it must be made next week to meet the Board of Elections September 14 notification deadline.
The Board further discussed the pros and cons of the current levy proposal, noting they need to receive more community input as to why residents are voting no on the levies. They also listened to views and comments expressed by local resident Dave Wehrle.
In other action that afternoon, the Board:
- Accepted the resignation of Bobbi Jackson, Classroom Teacher’s Aide, effective August 25, 2012.
- Approved Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) unpaid leave for Shannan Hulbert, Elementary and Guidance Secretary, for up to twelve weeks.
Edon Northwest Local Board of Education will meet in regular session Tuesday, September 11, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Media Center.
(Based on information provided by the Edon Northwest Local Board of Education.)