Permanent Improvement Tax Levy for November 2016 Ballot
Levy Will NOT Increase Taxes for Residents
Members of the Board of Education for North Ridgeville City Schools initiated the process to place a Permanent Improvement Tax Levy for Technology on the November 8, 2016 ballot during the Tuesday, June 21, 2016 board meeting. The formal vote to proceed and approve Ballot language will take place at the July 19, 2016 regular Board meeting. If passed, this levy will not increase taxes for residents of North Ridgeville.
The proposed Permanent Improvement Levy for Technology at 0.31 mils. will be new monies marked for technology upgrades over the course of five years. Residents of North Ridgeville will not see an increase in taxes going forward since a bond issue passed in 1992 will expire in December 2016 and no longer be collected. This Bond issue currently yields the same millage, 0.31.
“The board is asking for continued support from the community as we work to keep technology updated in the future and competitive with what surrounding districts offer their students,” explains Board President, Frank Vacha. “Monies yielded from the Permanent Improvement Levy for Technology will not be used for operations of the new or current facilities. It will be used to upgrade and provide devices, equipment and other technological needs over the years. This will allow our students to continue growing their knowledge and skill sets as technology continues to evolve and advance.”
Approximately $238,000 would be generated per year from the levy. 0.31 mils equals approximately $31.00 per year per $100,000 of taxable valuation.
The North Ridgeville Board of Education Treasurers Office provided ways of how the proposed yearly yield could be used. For example, $238,000 in funding per year would support the purchase of 1,600 Chromebooks, 600 iPad devices, or continue to upgrade the wireless infrastructure in each of the existing school facilities.
“There are a variety of tech related options to study after high school graduation as well as growth of jobs in this field. It is essential that schools and communities provide students access to technology that supports this advancement,” states Board of Education Vice President, Kelly McCarthy.
Residents, parents and community members are welcome to ask questions and learn more about the Permanent Improvement Tax Levy for Technology at a Community Forum on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the North Ridgeville Education Center.