School Levies To Go Before Voters Tuesday

Voters in the St. Clairsville-Richland, Bellaire Local, Bridgeport Exempted Village, Switzerland of Ohio and Buckeye Local school districts will be asked to approve levies when heading to the polls Tuesday.

St. Clairsville – Voters in the city and surrounding areas such as Fairpoint, Maynard, East Richland and Glencoe will be voting on a pair of levies: one pertaining to the school district and the other concerning operations at the city’s Memorial Park.

The school levy is continuous and is for 2.75 mills.

The memorial park levy – while less in amount at 0.25 mills and only in effect for five years – has gained the most notice from residents on the hilltop and beyond.

Should the levy fail, the park board has voted to close the park on May 10.

Pool manager Bruce Moynihan has said previously that if the levy fails, Allen Pool would “definitely not operate this summer.”

Bellaire residents, along with those in Neffs and other surrounding areas, are again facing the decision of whether to pass a levy to bolster the school district.

This is the district’s sixth attempt to gain additional local funding in the last three years, as three levy attempts and two tries for an income tax have been shot down already.

Bellaire Local is seeking passage of an 8.25 mill emergency operating levy that would be in place for five years.

Bridgeport voters are looking at a 1.0 mill, 5-year levy to support the school district that also serves Brookside, Lansing and Blaine. The goal of this levy is to continue to provide school resource officers.

Those residing in the Powhatan Point, Beallsville, Woodsfield and other areas of the Switzerland of Ohio school district are looking at the decision of whether to pass a 5-year, 6.44 mill levy.

District board members already have plans in place to make major cuts and changes to the district should the levy fail.

As for the Buckeye Local school district, voters in Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland, Dillonvale, Brilliant, Adena and Smithfield are being asked to pass a 2.1 mill, five-year levy. Voters there will also see a 1 mill, 7-year levy for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District on their ballots.

Finally, the village of Bethesda has two levies on the ballot.

The first is a 3 mill, 5-year replacement levy for salaries and operating expenses for the village’s police department.

The other is a 1.5 mill, 5-year levy for road repairs, construction and related expenses.