Colerain, Northwest varsity sports at risk with tax levy

Colerain, Northwest varsity sports at risk with tax levy

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Northwest Local School district is asking voters to approve Issue 47 on Nov. 6. The measure would increase than annual tax bill of the owner of a $100,000 home by $150.

If the levy fails, "Basically what you'd have is a school building open with basic education and no extracurricular activities," said Northwest School Board president, David Denny. "I don't know who's going to want to come in at that point. Who's going to want to move here? Who's going to want to stay here?"

A failed levy would force the district to cut programs like marching band, clubs after school and varsity sports.

"You've got Colerain football right now ranked top ten in the country and Northwest football is ranked top 10 in the state. Two excellent programs, gone," said Denny.

"I'm going to vote no on Issue 47," said White Oak resident Joe Sanders who sent his two children to parochial school.

"I paid into it. I didn't use the system," said Sanders. "Taxes are high enough already. By the time I go to the grocery, pay my tax there, this that and the other thing."

Denny acknowledged that he has received emails from parents saying the board was bluffing and that sports at the high schools will never be cut.

"People think this is a scare tactic and it's a threat and it's just not. It's not an emotional thing. It's a reality thing. We don't have the money," said Denny.

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