CUYAHOGA FALLS -- On May 2, voters in the city school district will see a renewal levy on the ballot.

The Cuyahoga Falls City School District is seeking passage of Issue 12, a five-year, 4.75-mill operating levy renewal for current expenses. This levy, which expires at the end of the year, was first approved in 2002, and renewed in 2007 and 2012; thus, 2017 is the last year of collection and the levy is again in need of renewal.

The current effective rate of the levy is 4.46 mills and generates approximately $3.3 million in general fund revenue, according to Dr. Todd Nichols, superintendent and CEO of the city schools. He said passing the levy renewal is "essential to the continued operation of the school district" and "a renewal does not represent any additional taxes."

The levy costs a home valued at $100,000 $140.49 per year ($136.59 annually if the home is owner-occupied), according to Nichols. This is the third in a series of three renewals for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, the superintendent said.

Meanwhile, Nichols said he is planning to present the Board of Education with plans to reduce expenditures by $2 million in the 2017-18 school year. (See Page 1 for the story). He noted these reductions will be needed regardless of whether the levy passes or not.

Nichols said if the levy fails on May 2, it will be placed on the next possible election ballot in August or November. The current levy expires on Dec. 31. If the levy is not approved sometime this year, Nichols said he would recommend more cuts, which would "require additional reductions in programming."

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 2.


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