July 30, 2014

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Keystone Schools weigh possible levy requests

LAGRANGE — The Keystone Board of Education agreed Wednesday night to request the Lorain County auditor certify the total tax valuation of the school district and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by an additional levy.

After meeting in executive session for more than an hour, school treasurer Susan Bement said it would be ideal for three separate resolutions to go before the auditor to determine the best option for Keystone Schools.

Board member Renee Mezera suggested the board consider levies for 5.95 mills, 6.95 mills and 7.95 mills for an unspecified length of time.

Bement said she will write the three resolutions and present them to the auditor.

“The three resolutions are needed to see how much money will be brought in,” board member Dennis Walter said.

Superintendent Jay Arbaugh said the board has until Aug. 6 to decide whether to seek a levy in November and for how much.

“We are not asking for anything we don’t need,” Arbaugh said. “We want to get on the ballot, pass (the levy) and stay off (the ballot) for a long time.”

If the board agrees to put a levy on the November ballot and it fails, there will be ramifications, Arbaugh said. “We would need to reduce $1.1 million (in spending) by next June,” he said.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MLinebrinkCT.

  • SniperFire

    ‘“We are not asking for anything we don’t need,” Arbaugh said. ‘

    That is his opinion, and he has repeatedly been proved to have no regard for the truth.

    Is he still holding a community rec center as a ransom demand for you Keystonians?