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Monroeville asking voters to OK permanent improvement replacement levy for schools

• Oct 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following visiting viewpoint was written by Ralph Moore, superintendent of Monroeville Local Schools.

Since 1973 Monroeville Schools has had a permanent improvement levy on the ballot every five years at a rate of 1.8 mills.

In 1973 that levy generated $80,000 for the district to use for permanent improvements like bus purchases or any item purchased lasting beyond five years. State law will not allow permanent improvement funds to be used for anything else.

Now, 44 years later the Monroeville school district building square footage has grown from 1973’s 89,935 square feet to 151,028 square feet in 2017. But, the district’s financial ability to take care of needed permanent improvements has not grown. Since 1973 the district has added a new elementary addition as well as the new MAC Athletic Complex along with the utility and maintenance costs associated with those additions. It is the district’s obligation and responsibility to take care of what the public has provided us over the years.

On Nov. 7 Monroeville voters will again be asked to approve the 1.8 mill permanent improvement levy, but this time at the adjusted rate for current 2017 property values. If approved at current 2017 property values, the cost to a property owner would be $1.50 per year for every $25,000, $3 per year for $50,000, $6 per year on a $100,000 piece of property and so on.

Three years ago the Monroeville School District was in dire financial condition with the state of Ohio performing a performance audit along with a subsequent town meeting to release the audit results.

Today, three years later, the district has filed a five-year financial forecast with the Ohio Department of Education that shows the district in a positive financial status well beyond the next five years. The passage of the permanent improvement replacement levy on Nov. 7 is a key to providing the district the ability to take care of needed permanent improvement expenses without having to use general fund money to do so.

If you have questions about the levy call the Monroeville BOE Office at 419-465-2610 to get an answer. Protect your investment in the district past, present and future.

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