Fostoria seeks levy for schools

FOSTORIA – Fostoria City School District has a substitute tax levy on the May ballot to provide for the necessary requirements of the district.

The district is seeking an 8.15-mill, continuing levy for school district operations. If approved, the district would continue to receive $1.8 million annually. It will replace an 8.55-mill, five-year emergency levy approved by voters as a 7.55-mill levy in 2009. The levy will expire Dec. 31.

“Without the levy passing, we will have to look at far more cuts due to our current financial position and the inability to predict how much money will actually come from Gov. John Kasich’s proposal for school funding,” district treasurer Norm Elchert said.

Levy funds would pay for staffing, new classes and programs, interventions, Project MORE and STEM programs, online testing, resources such as textbooks and technology, training, library and lab materials and general operating supplies.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $249.69 annually or 68 cents a day.

The issue will be listed as a substitute levy on the ballot. According to the district’s website, a school district with an emergency levy, effective for a maximum of five years, has the option to replace the levy with a “substitute” levy for up to 10 years or for a continuing period.

“This levy is important for our children’s education. We are trying to be fiscally more responsible and we need the time to do that,” Elchert said. “Whether the levy passes or not, we will make more cuts, but if it doesn’t pass we will have to make significantly more cuts,” Elchert said. “We are doing whatever we can to provide the students with the best quality education.”