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Edison Local, again, trying to pass school levy

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 07:14 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - The Edison Local School District is looking to change its approach and finally get a 5.9-mill operational levy passed.
This levy on the ballot is for operational costs to help with the day-to-day expenses of the district.
Superintendent Bill Beattie said it's important to get it passed this time around because they have been in this situation for longer than two years now.
"And after every levy failed recently, we have been in the position that we have to cut in order to make sure that our book is balanced at the end of the fiscal year," Beattie said.
Beattie added that they have gotten to the point where they were able to drop their millage from 9.45 to a 5.9 based on the fact that they made almost $3 million on permanent cuts.
If it passes this time around, they will be financially stable for the next five years.
Beattie said the most important thing is that this levy will bring back busing for students grades 9-12 that didn't have a chance to ride the bus because of severe cuts they had to made this year.
So how much will this cost say per month for residents?
"If you're looking at somebody with a Homestead Exemption with a house value about $100,000, the person who is fortunate enough to have the Homestead Exemption, we're looking at about $12 a month. Without the Homestead Exemption, you are looking at an increase at about $18 a month."    
Beattie says there is no other place for them to turn except to the voters.
"But for the future of our students and the people we have here in the Edison District, I think it's a wise investment.

In November, the levy was just a few votes shy of passing.
They are hoping that the supporters of the district will come out and vote from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Edison Local, again, trying to pass school levy


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