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Summit County: School board to discuss mill levy tonight

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of Education will discuss the details of a proposed November ballot issue tonight, in an effort to compensate for falling revenues.

A few months ago, the district cut $867,000 from local schools for the 2010-2011 school year, and officials fear additional cuts of similar magnitude may be in store for the following year. A voter-approved mill levy would stem the tide, providing about $2.1 million annually to Summit Schools.

Should the district go ahead with the ballot measure, and should it gain voter approval, the funds would likely be used to fill gaps created by waning state funds, pay for mandatory increases to the state’s employee retirement fund, and improve starting salaries for new teachers.

The board must also soon decide whether to ask voters for $365,000 that would pay for scheduled school-bus replacements. The school district replaces buses after 200,000 miles or 13 years of use.

The measures would likely appear together, as one ballot question. If passed, the resulting mill levy would cost Summit property owners $10.14 annually for every $100,000 of assessed value. Even if passed, though, taxpayers would still see their taxes to the school district go down, since a an existing three-year mill levy expires this year.

Officials have also proposed ballot language that would solve cash-flow problems the district would face if Amendment 61 passes on the statewide November ballot. This component of the ballot question would not result in a higher mill levy, and it would not take effect if Amendment 61 fails.

Also on tonight’s agenda is an update on various summer construction projects taking place throughout the district.

The board will also discuss its superintendent-selection process. Superintendent Millie Hamner plans to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

SDN reporter Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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