Like their counterparts in Tiffin City Schools, officials in Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District are asking voters for an additional 4.9-mill levy. And under similar circumstances.
"The need basically was created by the loss in funding, the loss in revenue as it relates to state funding, and the elimination of the tangible personal property tax and the loss of stimulus money," Superintendent Gregg Elchert said.
As in Tiffin, the losses in revenue continue to add up in the Clyde-GS district - about $550,000 already, with another $800,000 less expected next year. Those losses would exceed the revenue to be generated by the levy.
And, as in Tiffin, the district has reduced expenses.
Already, the Clyde-GS board of education has cut $1.6 million from the budget in the past three years. The district has pared down employees, and those who remain have agreed to concessions that could save the district nearly $500,000 by June 30, 2014.
There is a difference between the levies in the two districts. This is the third time this year the three-year levy has been on the ballot in Clyde-Green Springs.
We urge voters in the Clyde-Green Springs district to make the third time a charm for their students.