Community asked to approve 10-year renewal tax

Zoe Greszler • Jun 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM

WILLARD — The Willard school board will ask voters, not for new money, but to continue paying the same school taxes for the next 10 years.

The board approved putting the renewal levy on the November ballot at its recent meeting. A renewal levy only asks for the current tax, which generates $1.2 million, to continue as it has been. The only difference with this issue to others in the past is that the board is asking the levy to run for 10 years, instead of five.

This will be one of 21 potential issues from around the county on the ballot this election, Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said. Tkach added the office still doesn’t have an official count, as some issues and levies still need submitted. In fact, Tkach said the auditor’s office hadn’t seen anything on Willard’s renewal levy yet.

Willard superintendent Jeff Ritz stressed that this isn’t a request for additional funds.

“That (money) is for our emergency operating levy,” Ritz told the Willard Times-Junction. He could not be reached for comment  by the Reflector.  

“It is no new money. It is simply a renewal. We’re going to put that up in November,” he added. “That will be our first opportunity. We’ve been very frugal with the money that we have with this. If we renew this and keep this going, we should be in decent shape.”

Board member Royden Smith asked that, if possible, the levy be written in such a way to let voters know just what the money will go toward.

“I want the people to know it’s for operation’s only,” Smith said, according to the Times-Junction

In other business, the board heard the first reading of a revision to the 2019-2020 school calendar. The board is considering the addition of a Public School Works Day on Friday, May 20.

The board’s year-end fiscal meeting will be held 7 a.m. June 28 in the board offices. 

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