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Please support Monroeville Local Schools renewal

• Oct 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Kurt Leber, Bob Fries and Robin Reed, members of the Monroeville levy committee.

The Monroeville Local Schools district is requesting the renewal of an existing permanent improvement levy. This funding has been in effect for 45 years under the current structure for the last 30 and is essential to the maintenance of the facilities.

Over time the expenses of the district have risen due to a number of reasons including increases in technology, elementary expansion and overall cost of goods similar to what common households have experienced. This funding has provided the same dollar amount to the district since at least 1988. Through hard work and creativity the district has stretched these dollars to make things work.

The district is to a point where this levy now funds the absolute bare minimum with no room to plan for the future. That is the reason this levy was presented as a replacement levy last spring. Unfortunately, the necessary information did not get to the community and the levy failed. The district is going back to the drawing board to find a solution that is suitable for both the district and the taxpayers. In the meantime, the levy is being presented this fall as a renewal, just as it has been in the past. This is because this money, while not fully sufficient anymore, is still essential to the day-to-day operations of the district. This is the last opportunity to pass this levy. If it does not pass this fall the money will not be available, the district will have to pull from the general fund for permanent improvement items and will end up in deficit spending in short order.

The community has been supportive of this district and the district has responded by improving its financial standing over the past few years. Passing this renewal levy will help the district continue to be successful in future years. Please vote yes.

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