Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education takes first step to put levy renewal on fall ballot

7.9-mill tax issue generates $5.7 million per year for operating expenses

PHIL KEREN Reporter
The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education is pictured at a meeting in early March. The Board on Wednesday, June 3, approved the first step toward putting a levy renewal request on the Nov. 3 ballot. Pictured from left are Superintendent Todd Nichols, Treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu, Board President Karen Schofield, Board Vice President Anthony Gomez, and Board members Patrice White, Kathy Moffet and David Martin.

CUYAHOGA FALLS  — Voters in the city school district will be asked to renew a 7.9-mill levy for five more years this fall.

The Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution declaring it necessary to renew the levy, which was last renewed in November 2014. 

This was the first of two steps the board must take to place the levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. The board is expected to act on the second step at its next regular meeting on June 24.

This levy generates about $5.7 million per year for operating expenses in the district, according to Treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu.

That tax issue would have to be approved this fall to ensure uninterrupted collection of those property tax dollars, Stoicoiu said. The deadline to place the levy renewal request on the November ballot is Aug. 4.

There are three more levies on the district’s books that will need to be renewed in the next two years. A 9.97-mill levy (which generates $7.2 million each year) will expire in 2021, and a 4.75-mill levy ($3.2 million per year) and the 2017 emergency levy ($3.7 million annually) will both expire in 2022.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.