Lakota board approves levy for November ballot

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Lakota School board voted to put a 4.75 mill levy on the ballot in the fall. Many parents agree the district needs to act immediately and put a levy on the ballot, while others say it's still the wrong time to ask for money.

"There are a lot of people suffering from the downturn in the housing market and the job market," said Rich Hoffman. "A lot of folks are finding themselves on the chopping block. This isn't the time for a tax levy of any kind."

The 4.75 mil levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $145 more a year.

Over the last year the district has made some tough decisions to balance the budget, by making more than $10 million in cuts. But according to Rich Hoffman, member of the No Lakota Levy group, the district hasn't addressed the biggest issue.

"Nobody can balance their budget because there are all these runaway cost and nobody wants to be the big meanie and say the wages are too high," said Hoffman.

For nine years running the Lakota School District has been rated excellent by the state of Ohio. Many parents believe a levy needs to be passed to keep that distinction.

"I want to see it pass in it's newest form in an attempt to maintain what we have worked so hard to accomplish," said Doug McGregor.

If the levy passes it will get the district out of deficit spending until 2015.

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