Akron: School board wants 7.9-mill levy on November ballot

7:58 PM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- At its July 23 meeting, the Akron Board of Education made its first of two required votes to place a 7.9-mill operating levy on the November 6 ballot.

If approved, the 7.9-mill levy will cost the average Akron homeowner about $15 a month.

The Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 25, for a second vote to approve the issue.

"We can't keep doing more with less," said Board President Jason Haas. "We're depending on Akron's voters to stand with us and support our schools."

The vote comes just weeks after the board approved approximately $22 million in cuts to eliminate a deficit for fiscal year 2012-13.

Cuts included the elimination of approximately 200 positions.

"Drastic reductions in revenue threaten to undo years of progress for our district and our community," said Superintendent David W. James.

"With this levy request, we will have to continue to trim the budget; but its passage will help strengthen Akron's economy and future."


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