July 31, 2014

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Midview voters reject property tax and income tax

EATON TWP. — Today, Midview Schools Superintendent John Kuhn will start looking at how to carve $2.4 million from the budget after voters overwhelmingly defeated a combined income tax-property tax.

The district also might head back to the ballot in February in hopes of avoiding those cuts.

It has been 19 years since voters approved new money for the Midview, and voters overwhelmingly rejected a 0.75 percent income tax and a 3.5-mill property tax.

The two-pronged tax issue failed 61 percent to 39 percent, or 5,723 to 3,606 votes, according to unofficial election returns.

Layoffs are inevitable, and they likely will be significant. If passed, the taxes would have raised $4.2 million a year for the district.

“I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be,” Kuhn said. “It’s discouraging. A lot of parents donated their time and effort to get the facts out.”

The school board planned to meet 6 a.m. today to consider placing a levy on the February ballot, he said.

Kuhn said he slashed $600,000 from the budget in 2010, and high school busing was eliminated in 2009.

The board provided charts on its website, midviewk12.org, that listed courses and extracurricular activities that are not required under state minimums and could be cut.

For example, Kuhn said the district offers five levels of both French and Spanish at the high school, and the Ohio Board of Regents requirement for entrance into college is only two years.

The district also offers business, pre-engineering courses and industrial technology classes that could be eliminated.

Kuhn said the cost of varsity pay-to-play for athletics is $550, and fees for athletics and extracurricular activities could be increased.

He said Midview spends $3,000 less than the state average to educate its students. In Lorain County, only the Avon Schools spent less than Midview in 2010-11, the latest year for which data are available.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.