April 17, 2014

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Black River board considers another levy request

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Black River school board is expected to decide next month whether to place an emergency levy on the May 7 primary ballot.

A resolution to ask for an 8.5-mill levy was on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting, but board Vice President Janet Eichel said some members wanted more research and discussion.

“We decided to wait until the next board meeting to vote on that,” Eichel said.

The board will meet again at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

Eichel said the 8.5-mill levy would raise $1,587,300 per year for five years for the school district starting January 2014.

In November, two levies failed in Black River that would have raised about $1.4 million yearly: a 1.8-mill levy for permanent improvements and a 5.8-mill operating levy.

These levies would have cost $57 and $183 per year, respectively, for owners of homes with a $100,000 market value.

“We just really want to know what the taxpayers want,” Eichel said.

For that reason, she said the board is sending out a survey to Black River homeowners to see what the district can do to get a levy passed.

Eichel said she hopes the surveys will be returned by Jan. 14, when the board plans to discuss changes to the levy proposal after a 5:30 p.m. work session.

She said the board may vote to reduce the millage before it is submitted to Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack.

Superintendent Janice Wyckoff said in November that the district could lose staff and athletic programs and reduce busing if a levy isn’t passed soon.

Since November 2010, five Black River levies have failed.

The school district serves portions of Medina, Lorain and Ashland counties.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.