July 25, 2016

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Brunswick Schools looks to pull levy from May 7 ballot

BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick school board plans to take its nine-year, 5.9-mill levy off the May 7 ballot in light of proposed funding for the district in Gov. John Kasich’s two-year budget.

“This gives us time to re-evaluate the finances,” Superintendent Mike Mayell said Thursday. “The initial millage was set up without the knowledge of the (proposed state) budget.”

Mike Mayell

Board members discussed removing the levy from the ballot during a Wednesday night work session. A full vote on the removal is expected at their 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

According to preliminary numbers released by Kasich’s office, the governor’s proposed two-year budget would increase funding to Brunswick Schools by $2.2 million each fiscal year starting with the one beginning July 1.

Kasich’s proposal still needs to pass the General Assembly.

“The amount could be reduced. We’re not quite sure yet what’s going to happen,” Mayell said.

“Instead of putting the 5.9-mill (levy) on there, we want to make sure we only go to voters asking for what we need.”

Mayell acknowledged that a revised levy request could go before voters later this year or next year. In December, Treasurer Patrick East predicted a $5.1 million budget shortfall for the school district by the end of the 2013-14 school year.

“The new funding proposal from the Governor’s Office is still a work in progress, and it won’t solve all the financial challenges our District faces,” school board President Tom Neumann said in a statement.

“But we want to establish a clear understanding of its effects before pursuing a levy.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.