BRUNSWICK –– Brunswick school board members voted Tuesday night to take an emergency levy, which has been on the books since 1992, back to voters as a 10-year renewal.
When originally passed more than 26 years ago, the levy, which funds general district operations, was structured as an eight-year levy. This timing change will not increase taxes for voters, but will lessen the number of times voters will be asked to renew the levy.
“We actually took that step today,” District Treasurer Mark Pepera said. “We filed all the necessary paperwork with the Medina County Board of Elections.”
The 1.9-mill levy brings in $2.02 million a year for the district. It will cost taxpayers $58.19 per $100,000 of property valuation.
“It’s used for general operations in the district so it can be used for pretty much all of the general operations in the district,” Pepera said.
Pepera wanted to stress that the levy is just a renewal and will not be an increase.
He believes voters will favorably receive the issue. The district has had a strong relationship with the public in the past, and still does, he said.
They hope community support will continue as the district moves through the renewal process.
“I think we have a strong record of support from our community especially from our emergency levies,” said Pepera
“They understand, historically, that those need to be renewed every so many years when they expire. I think we’ve been pretty successful with the renewals.
“We are very hopeful that the community will continue to help the schools and renew the levy. It is certainly needed for the general operations for the district.”