Schools Plan 8th Attempt At Levy

BELLAIRE – The Bellaire Local Board of Education took the first step to have a levy placed on the May ballot during its regular meeting Monday.

It will be the eighth attempt by the district to get out of fiscal emergency and the latest attempt to generate new operating funds for the district. Voters in the district have not passed an operating levy in 37 years.

During the meeting, the board approved a resolution of necessity from the county auditor’s office for the emergency tax levy. No millage was specified, but the district is looking to generate $698,325 annually from the levy.

In November, the district had placed before voters an additional 5.9-mill levy request for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district for five years. The measure was defeated by a vote of 1,154 in favor to 1,349 against. It was the seventh attempt since the 2010 primary election to pass an issue to generate revenue for the financially strapped district.

The district last asked voters in the May 7 primary to pass a larger 8.25-mill levy. It was rejected then by a vote of 1,039-842.

Also rejected by Bellaire voters were an 8.7-mill levy request in November 2012; 1-percent income tax issues in May and November 2011; and 12.9-mill levy requests in May and November 2010.

The board’s organizational meeting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Jan. 13.