by Mark R. PotterRegional EditorAkron -- To avoid running out of money by the end of 2008, the Summit County Children Services Board is asking voters to pass a levy this fall.Members of Summit County Council voted unanimously June 18 to approve the levy request. Officials say the six-year, 2.25-mill replacement and reduction levy will now be submitted for certification by the Summit County Board of Elections so it can appear on the November ballot.CSB representatives say the levy needs to pass so the agency avoids running out of money by the end of 2008."Now it's a matter of educating the public on all the attributes of the levy," said Gary Binns, finance director for the agency, adding the levy is expected to generate approximately $29 million a year.Binns said the agency passed a a 2.56-mill renewal levy in 2004 which generated around $24 million a year. Although the new proposed levy is a reduction in millage, Binns said it will generate more money because unlike a renewal, a replacement levy figures in increased property valuation.Council member Pete Crossland said he hopes the community will support the levy."I think it's imperative that this [levy] will pass and I hope Council members and all of the public will get behind [the CSB]," Crossland said.If passed, the proposed levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $11.06 a year, according to Binns, who said the annual amount would shift from the current amount of $57.85 to $68.91 annually.Although this year's CSB budget was $52 million, Binns said the budget is supplemented with both state and federal funds.Last year, Council denied CSB's request for a 6-year, 2.52-mill replacement levy to appear on the November 2006 ballot.Binn said if a November levy failed, the agency could lose around $5 million in the future. He said state laws will begin the "phasing out" of tangible personal property tax, the effects of which could hit the CSB beginning in 2011. If the levy fails, Binns said the CSB would not collect any levy dollars in 2008 and would have to supplement that year's budget with "carry-over" money. If no levy is passed, Binns said the agency will essentially have zero dollars at the start of 2009.If the levy fails this November, Binns said the agency will ask voters to approve another levy next year.Director search continuesThe agency hired a search firm earlier this year to find a new executive director after the retirement of Connie Humble at the end of last year. Currently, Katerina Papas is serving as the acting chief operating officer for the agency.Binns said the CSB would like to have a new director in place in 90 days and said the search committee is "looking at several candidates."The new director is expected to make a salary ranging from $125,000 to $180,000 annually.E-mail: mpotter@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3154