H-L seeks renewal of levy

BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools is seeking approval of a five-year, 5.24-mill emergency levy on the May 6 ballot.

The levy is a renewal of an existing levy, which expires at the end of the year, and is not new income, Superintendent Nichole Jiran said.

It is to generate $570,000 for the district and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $161 annually.

Funds generated are to be used for operating expenses such as salaries, employee benefits, insurance, supplies, textbooks, special services, preschool, open enrollment, charter school, professional development and anything needed to run a school district, Jiran said.

If the levy does not pass in May, Jiran said the district plans to place it on the ballot in November. If it doesn’t pass then, Jiran said it would mean more cuts and reductions to the district.

She said with passage of the levy renewal, taxpayers who own non-business property are to continue to receive a 10 percent rollback. For those who live in the home they own, they are to receive an additional 2.5 percent rollback. Taxpayers are to continue to only pay 87 percent of their taxes, she said.

“If the levy is not approved in May or November, taxpayers would lose that credit and have to pay the full amount on any future new levies,” Jiran said.

The district is to have a levy campaign organizational meeting at 7 p.m. April 22 at the school, located at 181 N. County Road 7.

For more information, Jiran said to visit the levy campaign website, at www.keephlpridealive.com or call the school at (419) 937-2804.