June 30, 2016

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Renewal faces little resistance

The Gazette

MEDINA TWP. — Voters once again supported Brunswick City Schools by renewing a levy first approved in 1994.

The 3.1-mill issue passed with 5,085 votes to 2,680 against, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

This is the third time residents voted to renew the levy. Originally passed as a five-year, 7.82 mill levy, it was renewed in 1999 and 2004.

The school district asked voters to renew the levy for seven years this time so they would not be asked to approve levies one after another.

“We are trying to break the cycle so that we don’t have two back to back anymore,” Superintendent James Hayas has said.

The levy is a significant part of the school district’s operating budget, Hayas said in April. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

The levy currently brings in $3.2 million annually. It will cost property owners $94.94 per $100,000 of appraised property valuation annually, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office.

In November, 57 percent of school district voters also renewed a 5.5-mill, five-year levy.