Clyde-GS board talks about levy

CLYDE — Clyde-Green Springs School board members met for a special session Tuesday evening to further discuss the levy to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Following a public forum July 9 with community members, board member Matt Jenne said a neighbor told him the meeting was educational and there were many things he did not understand. He said he learned more about school financing as to how they cannot spend certain monies for certain things.

Board member Mike Cleveland said the board had not stated some of its cost savings such as taking over the preschool program, reevaluating the number of aides needed, cost of copiers for the district and a van for small group trips.

Surveys completed after the public forum and online showed a property tax was preferable to an income tax.

Clyde Mayor Scott Black and City Manager Paul Fiser attended the special session and noted there is an unwritten agreement between the city and the school that the city would conduct income tax levies and the school district would run property tax levies. The city has a 1.5-mill income tax levy, which expires in 2022, and council would not support an income tax for the school district.

After discussion, members favored an emergency property tax levy for five years instead of 10 years. Millage on the May ballot levy was for 4.15 mills and failed. At that millage, the taxes for a $50,000 home would be $72.50 a year, but members have not determined the millage for the November ballot. The resolution of necessity must be submitted to the Sandusky County auditor by Aug. 2 and the resolution of intent to place the levy on the ballot should be filed with the Board of Elections by Aug. 7.

Information on tax amounts can be found by accessing the school website and linking to the Sandusky County auditor’s site.

Members went into executive session to discuss “confidential matters.”

The school board meets 6 p.m. Monday in Clyde city council chambers.