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Black River school board revises levy request


SULLIVAN TWP. — The Black River Board of Education is seeking a 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The board originally considered a 1.6-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy to replace the district Education Center bond issue, set to expire next year. But the board approved pursuing the 1.4-mill levy instead on the advice of Auditor Mike Kovack’s office.

“What’s happening here is that there is a bond issue getting ready to expire in the district and it generates approximately $313,000 (per year), and when we checked on the original bond it was going to be about 1.6 mills,” Black River Superintendent Chris Clark said Friday.

“Then, when the Medina County Auditor’s Office contacted us and said realistically, if we wanted to reduce the taxes, and we didn’t want to make any greater expense for our taxpayers, the actual millage worked out to be 1.4 mills.”

According to Clark, this change in millage was needed to keep taxes at the same rate. Residents would still be paying the same amount — about

$56 yearly on a home valued at $100,000 if the levy passes. The levy still will be classified as a permanent improvement levy, meaning that the funds will be dedicated for building maintenance within the district.

If the levy passes, it will take the place of the 25-year, $8.4 million bond issue ending in 2019.

Funding from the levy will be used for projects, such as repairing the heating and cooling system at the middle school and upgrading the plumbing system and parking lot at the high school.

To learn more about the district and the upcoming levy, visit

Contact Reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or

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