June 29, 2016

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Brunswick board approves 5.9-mill levy for May ballot

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick residents will see a nine-year, 5.9-mill levy on the May 7 primary ballot.

If approved by voters, the levy would cost owners of $100,000 homes about $181 per year, or about $15 a month.

The school board agreed Tuesday to place the issue on the ballot. The board voted during a special meeting held to beat the Feb. 6 deadline for submitting issues to the Medina County Board of Elections.

The action was expected. The resolution to put the levy on the May ballot was on the Jan. 22 school board agenda, but couldn’t be approved because the board didn’t have enough members present. Ohio law requires school boards to pass levy resolutions by a two-thirds vote, but only three of the five members were there.

Board President Thomas Neumann said he is confident voters will approve the levy.

“We certainly have a lot of hope that we can convince the voters that this is the right time,” he said. “We really want to show voters that we are being responsible with our money.”

Neumann said the last time Brunswick voters approved an additional property tax was in 2006, when a 4.9-mill levy passed with 50.4 percent of the vote. The board hasn’t asked for a levy since then, he said.

In December, district Treasurer Patrick East said Brunswick Schools would face a $5.1 million shortfall by May 2014. To ward off a deficit, he said the district would need to approve a levy of at least 5 mills.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.