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Olmsted Falls City Schools
March 17, 2020 Ballot Issue
Residents of Olmsted Falls City School District will vote on a ballot issue on March 17:
An 8.9-mill operating levy that will fund the day-to-day operations of the school district including staff, utilities and supplies.
If this operating levy is successful, the Board of Education has committed to reducing the effective tax rate of the 8.9 mill levy to 7.9 mills by tapping into the District’s debt fund and paying off the middle school expansion project from 2007 earlier than required.
This operating levy will generate $5,189,000 per year for the district.
The district is serious about reducing expenses by proactively making cuts and reductions right now, which will reduce the impact to voters in the March levy. The plan includes more than $3 million in reductions, including not filling retired positions, reductions in professional development, slashing all building and department budgets by 25%, and deferring or canceling purchases for new school buses, supplies and other materials.
Passage of the levy means that critical funding for our current Triple A quality academic programs and services that we value in Olmsted Falls will continue. We will continue to provide excellent teachers for our students, up-to-date resources and and the wide range of activities, such as athletics, band, clubs, etc. that our community values.
Failure of the levy means that we have to drastically reduce our budget for the 2020-2021 school year. That would mean that our schools would have to implement significant cuts and reductions to educational programs and services, which would reduce opportunities for students.
The levy will cost residents $23.04 per month per $100,000 home value. This cost reflects the reduction of the effective tax rate to 7.9 mills.
The deadline to register to vote is February 18, 2020. Go to voteohio.gov to register or change your address.
Early voting starts February 19th. All registered voters have the option to vote early. Learn more here.
Election Day is March 17th. Polls will be open 6:30 am - 7:30 pm. Go to https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx to locate your polling location.