For Tallmadge voters, the only issue on Tuesday’s Primary Election ballot will be Issue 4, the school district’s operating levy..
The Tallmadge City Schools are again appealing to voters to pass a five-year 7.4-mill operating levy which, if passed, would raise $3.1 million a year. A previous attempt at a levy to raise the same amount failed in November.
If passed, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $259 a year.
School officials have said the district lost about $2.5 million with the elimination of the personal tangible tax, creating the need for new money
“That was a significant part of our budget,” district treasurer Jeff Hostetler said. The state had initially implemented a tax to restore the funds lost from the TPP, but that, too, has been phased out. If the funds from this tax were still being paid to the schools, Hostetler said, “we would not be on the ballot.”
The last new operating levy, passed in November 2009, was a 6.9-mill, 10-year levy. Its effective millage today is 6.85 mills. It generates just under $2.9 million annually, or about 10.5 percent of the district’s total revenue of $27.2 million.
“We are doing everything we can to be good stewards of the taxpayers dollars, which is evidenced by the fact that our current fiscal year districtwide payroll is less than it was 12 years ago in fiscal year 2007,” Hostetler said. “We are doing more with less, but with the confinements of the school funding process, it just isn’t enough any longer. It has been 10 years since we passed a new operating levy, which I believe is a good indicator that we are making the most with what we have been entrusted.”
The elections for mayor, law director and City Council have unopposed races for the primary. All candidates will move to November’s General Election.
There are no federal, state or county candidates or issues on the ballot.
The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant Ave. in Akron, will be open Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for absentee voting.
For more information, contact the board of elections at 330-643-5200 or visit the website, www.summitcountyboe.com.