School board approves renewal levy

Cary Ashby • Jul 18, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Norwalk City Schools passed the need for a renewal levy and approved having it on the November ballot.

However, Tuesday’s vote was close, 3-2. Board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voted against each step.

The board approved a 4.85-mill levy that generate about $1.54 million annually for the next 10 years. It isn’t a new tax. Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach, who attended the meeting, told district treasurer Joyce Dupont the minutes needed to reflect his attendance. 

“I myself am not really in favor of it,” Linder said, referring to the levy. “We are supposed to be good stewards of the school system,” he added, but said he believes the board has “failed the taxpayers when certain things come up.”

Linder recommended bringing in someone to “analyze what we have and bring it to the board.”

Board vice-president John Lendrum told Linder it’s not fair to say the board has failed the taxypayers for two reasons: Dupont regularly provides financial updates at each meeting and there are “reams and reams” of information from the Ohio Schools Facility Commission that includes financial studies. Lendrum, who recommended Linder and the rest of the board read the most recent report from the commission, also said there’s no point in paying a private company for the same information that is available free through the state.

“I don’t know how you get a more complete report than that,” he added. “I think you’ll be surprised by how much information is in there.”

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