Norwalk City Schools to learn levy fate tomorrow

Aaron Krause • May 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Area voters will be asked to pass several issues on the May 6 primary ballot. The following is a round-up.

Voters in the Norwalk City Schools district will consider an additional 4.95 mills tax levy for five years. Superintendent Dennis Doughty has said it’s been 23 years since voters passed the last operating levy.

Due to the loss of state and federal funds, the district finds themselves in a shortfall, Doughty said.

“In the last five years, 49 full- and part-time positions have been eliminated in the district. In spite of the local cuts that have been made, increased costs for operations are readily apparent,” he said. “This levy is limited in both dollars asked for and limited in time. The 5 mills for operating funds will get the district through the next five years.”

Norwalk residents in wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 will consider a charter amendment to change council terms from two to four years. The four ward members would be elected for a term of four years and the at-large members would be elected for two years.

Thereafter, the term of office for all council members would be four years. In essence, there could only be four new members at a time.

The same voters will consider an amendment regarding the appointment of police and fire chief. Specifically, if nobody in either department is qualified or applies for the position, the chief’s selection committee can advertise to hire from outside the department.

Willard City Schools district voters will consider renewing a 5.4 mill levy, which has been on the books for the past 10 years and doesn’t ask for new money.

“This levy is used to fund many different educational options and activities throughout the district,” according to information provided by the district. “It is currently being used to fund all aides not required by law (mainly at Central Elementary), our performing arts program, art and language programs, agricultural education, family consumer science, athletics, high school business and smaller class sizes at the elementary level.

“The passage of this levy is crucial to our district to continue to be able to offer all of these programs.”

Voters in Clarksfield Township will be asked to renew a levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges. They also will consider the 5-year, .4 mill measure, designed to pay for current expenses.

In addition, Clarksfield Township voters will consider renewing a levy for the general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges. This is a 0.9 mill levy for five years.

Voters in Greenwich Township, Greenwich village and Ripley Township will consider renewing a .75 mill, three-year levy for ambulance and emergency medical services.

Wakeman village voters will be asked to renew a 1 percent, five-year levy for general operating expenses.

Clarksfield Township voters who live in the Wellington Exempted Village School District will consider renewing a 5.27 mills, 10-year renewal for emergency requirements.

All Erie County voters will consider a replacement and additional levy for Erie MetroParks. According to ballot language, it’s “for the purpose of operation, promoting, conserving, acquiring, developing, improving and protecting lands and water areas as parks, parkways and forest reservations for the recreation, health benefit and general welfare of the citizens of Erie County.” The rate is not to exceed 0.6 mill for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.06 for each $100 of valuation for 10 years commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015. An existing levy of 0.5 mill, having two years remaining, will be canceled and replaced if the levy passes.

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