Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Fairfield to ask lower levy

The Cincinnati Enquirer

FAIRFIELD - Voters here won't see the same levy issue that they have defeated twice since March when they go to the polls in November.

Monday, the Fairfield Board of Education took the first step to put a 4.9-mill operating levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. It is estimated to bring nearly $6.5 million annually to the district and raise taxes about $150 annually on a $100,000 house.

That is down from the 6.9-mill levy that voters didn't approve.

The 4.9-mill levy, when combined with continuing $2.7 million in cuts already made, would keep the district solvent for about three years. It would allow for the return of high school busing and would lower pay-to-participate fees for athletics, clubs and other school groups.

The board will take the final vote Aug. 18, once the Butler County auditor certifies the dollar amount the levy would raise.

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