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Black River superintendent: Response positive for improvement levy


SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Schools’ superintendent touted the permanent improvement levy on the November ballot Thursday, noting “we have no intent of raising anybody’s taxes here in the district.”

Superintendent Chris Clark said at Thursday’s board of education meeting it is important that district residents understand the 1.4-mill levy would not raise taxes.

Clark previously said an $8.4 million bond issue voters approved to build the Black River Education Center is generating $313,000 per year and is set to expire in 2019. The bond issue would be converted to the 1.4-mill permanent improvement levy in an effort to keep the district operating at its current level.

According to district data, residents pay $50.50 a year per $100,000 home valuation for the bond issue. They would pay $49 a year if the permanent improvement levy passes in November.

At the meeting, Clark also showed board members the first batch of yard signs in support of the levy.

“We are going to allow these to go out at the open house night,” he said, which is Aug. 27. “It is not to cause everybody to keep running around these with their lawnmowers,” he joked.

If there are any misconceptions about the levy, Clark said he wants to know before the election.

“I have to find out where the negativity is,” he said. “We received one negative letter, and unfortunately it wasn’t signed.”

Clark said he has spoken with residents in Sullivan and Spencer townships and received positive feedback.

The district covers parts of Medina and Ashland counties and Huntington Township in Lorain County.

Clark also presented board members with highlights from the district’s five-year capital improvement plan, which passage of the levy would help fund, such as repairs to the heating and cooling system at the middle school and upgrades to the plumbing system and parking lot at the high school.

“We have to make sure that everybody in November hits that yes vote,” Clark said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or

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