A number of school levies will come before voters in Jefferson County on Nov. 6 as school boards seek to continue what they see as needed projects in their districts.
The Buckeye Local School District is seeking an additional 2 mills for permanent improvements for a continuing period of time, while the Edison Local School District is seeking an additional 9.45 mills for current expenses. Indian Creek Local School District is seeking a bond issue of 3.5 mills for constructing school facilities and an additional 1.45 mills for current expenses for five years. The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is seeking an additional 1 mill for current expenses, purchasing equipment for buildings and improving buildings for 10 years.
- Buckeye Local is looking to fund what it is calling the "three Bs" - buildings, books and buses - through a 2-mill levy. A special campaign levy committee has been formed to gain public backing and officials are speaking out on what it means for the future of education.
The levy, if passed, would cost homeowners $30.63 annually if their home had a value of $50,000. Under the Homestead Exemption Act, that would fall to about $15 annually on a $50,000 home.
Projects through the funding include a new roof at Buckeye Local High School, electrical upgrades to support technology in the elementary schools, security and technological improvements, paving and concrete repairs and more modern buses to replace outdated vehicles.
- Edison Local Superintendent Bill Beattie said in his district, operating costs and replacing lost funds would be the main goal of the 9.45-mill levy.
"Since the 2004-05 school year, we have cut 115 positions, and since 2010, we have cut 46 due to funding. It is hard for us to go any further with cuts. We have made all the cuts we can internally and if we don't pass this levy, the cuts will be deeper and may possibly affect residents more."
- Indian Creek Local Superintendent John Rocchi said "students in Jefferson County deserve what is being offered around the rest of Ohio and the East Coast."
Other levies before Jefferson County voters are:
- Steubenville City, renewal of 5-mill levy for current expenses.
- Amsterdam Village, renewal of 0.5-mill levy for recreation for five years.
- Dillonvale Village, renewal of 2-mill levy for current expenses for five years.
- Empire Village, renewal of 5-mill levy for current expenses for five years.
- Irondale Village, additional 4-mill levy for current expenses for five years.
- Rayland Village, additional 3-mill levy for five years.
- Richmond Village, renewal of 2-mill levy for current expenses for five years.
- Yorkville Village, renewal of 1.5-mill levy for current expenses for five years.
- Island Creek Township, additional 1-mill levy for maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings and sites, sources of water supply and materials; establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm communications; and payment of firefighting companies or personnel for five years.
- Knox Township, renewal of 1-mill levy for general construction, resurfacing and repairing of roads.
- Saline Township, additional 2-mill levy for current operating expenses for five years.
- Smithfield Township, additional 1-mill levy for general construction, resurfacing and repairing of roads.
- Local option: Steubenville 2-2 Precinct, Sunday sale of spirituous liquor at Kroger.
- Local option: Steubenville 6-2 Precinct, on premises sale of spirituous liquor at Puerto Vallarta restaurant.
- Local option: Steubenville 6-2 Precinct, Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages, spirituous liquor from 11 a.m. to midnight at Puerto Vallarta restaurant.