Lakota School Board unanimously approves 6.9-mill levy on May ballot

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -  At a special board meeting, the Lakota School Board unanimously approved a 6.9-mill levy to go on the May ballot.
"So that money, if the state is not going to fund us, we are going to have to find ways to make up for that gap in funding," said Lakota School Board President Joan Powell.
The incremental levy would cost someone with a $100,000 home $211 a year for the first two years and about $150 more for the next two years.
"The money would go for things like all day Kindergarten," Powell said.
Powell says because of flat funding from the state since 2005, it's the district's only option.
"And that's why this levy is higher than our past levies have been,  because we have to counter for the lack of state funding," Powell said.
During public comment, most residents said they support schools, but had concerns about the timing of the levy.
"I would prefer to see the levy put on the ballot after we've eliminated the need for the police and fire levies," said West Chester resident Bill Zerkle.
"They need to cut their expenses to the bare bone," said another resident who attended the meeting.
The School Board expects the levy will generate $19 million a year for the first two years and $32.5 million for the second two years.

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