Thursday, December 11, 2003

Board seeks tax increase

Money request will be on March 2 ballot

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FOREST PARK - The Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education has decided to place a 7.95-mill operating levy with a 1 mill permanent improvement levy before voters on March 2.

The district of 4,100 students joins a list of more than 15 Greater Cincinnati districts taking money issues to the ballot.

Board president John Pennycuff said the money is needed for operating expenses and to put into place some priorities outlined in a long-term planning process over the last six months.

"However, because of funding cutbacks from the state of Ohio, as well as new, underfunded federal and state mandates, the district will have to continue to be very prudent with its funds to sustain balanced budgets," Pennycuff said.

The last levy was in February 1998, when the board promised to make that money last for at least three years.

New money approved by the voters will not be collected until 2005. The levy would cost the owner of an $80,000 home an extra $213.16 a year.

A team of volunteers has formed to campaign for the levy. This team, as well as the board and school district staff, are seeking organizational and personal endorsements for the campaign.

Lisa Nack, a Greenhills parent, is chairwoman of the Committee for Educational Progress and School Issues.

For information, contact Superintendent Camille Nasbe at 619-2300, Nack at 742-8273, or Pennycuff at 851-9751.


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