At their January 9 meeting, the Beavercreek Board of Education took the final vote to officially place a five-year operating renewal levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot.
The ballot request is for a zero tax increase of the district’s 8.70-mill five-year renewal levy. Funding from this levy provides 18% of the day-to-day operations of the district’s schools, such as staffing, technology, utilities and classroom supplies.
“The community spoke and we heard,” said Jo Ann Rigano, board president. “That is why the board is returning to voters with a basic five-year levy renewal for daily operations. At this stage it represents 18% of our budget, which is a significant portion of our daily operations.”
The school district was on the ballot in November 2020 and spring 2020 for a substitute emergency levy that would have made the soon-to-expire levy permanent. Both of those issues, however, did not pass. Subsequently, the board decided to go forward in May with a straight renewal of the levy.
In addition to placing the issue on the May 4 ballot, the school board must also begin preparations for what happens if the issue does not pass.
“A list of cuts and reductions is necessary at this stage because the May 4 renewal issue represents 18% of our daily operations and it expires this calendar year,” said Paul Otten, superintendent. “Our work, planning and hiring for the next school year start now and if our schools cannot count on this operational funding into the start of the next school year then cuts and reductions must occur. It’s the basic math that we are facing but it is also the open and transparent way of keeping our stakeholders informed as we go along.”
The board plans to review the list and will approve or adjust it during the January 14 meeting.
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