Levies for local school districts to appear on November ballot

HUBBARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Election day is less than three weeks away and while the presidential race is a big issue, there are a lot of important local issues as well.

A number of local school districts are asking voters for money after taking hits in state funding. Even after making their own cuts, some districts say their budgets are still thin.

Hubbard’s School Levy Committee is asking voters to approve its emergency operating levy. It’s the first time since 2001 that the district is asking for new money for basic expenses.

Chris Colella, treasurer of the School Levy Committee, said the money will cover operational costs.

The 7.1 mill levy will cost homeowners of a $100,000 home about 68 cents a day, or $250 a year. If passed, it will go into effect for ten years.

Hubbard school levy: What you need to know (PDF)

Mathews and Lisbon school districts also have issues on the ballot.

It’s been 35 years since Lisbon Schools have asked voters for additional operating money. The district has been in deficit spending for four years.

The proposal is a one percent income tax that would generate around $759,000 for the district. It’s only for ten years and anyone on a fixed income won’t be affected.

Lisbon school levy: What you need to know (PDF)

Mathews Schools wants to build a new K-12 campus because all of its buildings are so old, including the high school, which is 100 years old.

In September, Superintendent Lew Lowery said the total cost would be almost $25 million.

“We’re looking at a bond that would be over 37 years. For someone with a $100,000 home, the cost would be $5.34 per week.”

For more information on Mathew’s levy, visit the Facebook page dedicated to the bond issue.