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Breakdown: How Levy Dollars Will Be Used By the Cuyahoga Falls School District

If approved, the district's permanent improvement levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue. Take a look at how the district will use that money over the next few years.

Cuyahoga Falls residents should have a clearer picture about how their tax dollars would be spent after Superintendent Todd Nichols gave a breakdown of levy dollars Monday night.

If approved, the district's five-year, 3-mill levy permanent improvement levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue and cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in valuation.

Nichols presented the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education that night with a breakdown of how the levy dollars would be spent, from building to building, starting in 2014 and running through 2018.

"As you can see, in the first three years, it is heavy on technology, heavy on things we can take with us, heavy on things that are our most-immediate needs, like safety/security, technology, the curriculum," Nichols said.

He said the district will continue to promote the levy through May, and he is prepared to talk to anyone who has questions.

"These are immediate needs," Nichols said. "And let me be real clear: These things represent things we have done without and will continue to do without should this levy not pass."

Take a look below to see the breakdown.

2014

Technology $1M
Safety and Security $400,000
Transportation $400,000
Curriculum Upgrades $200,000

Elementary Buildings

DeWitt: $60,200 — Keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypad, Aiphone doors possible, curriculum upgrades
Lincoln: $35,200 — Keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypad, Aiphone doors possible, curriculum upgrades
Preston: $52,400 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypad, curriculum upgrades

Elementary Buildings

Price: $53,900 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades.
Richardson: $61,100 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades.
Silver Lake: $52,700 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades.

Secondary Buildings

Bolich: $81,300 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades
Roberts: $63,900 — Interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades
CFHS: $868,400 — Technology, interior vestibule, keyless entry doors, interior cameras, additional keypads, curriculum upgrades
District: $670,900 — Transportation, technology, safety and security 

 

2015

Technology $750,000
Transportation $400,000
Safety and Security $100,000
Parking Lots/Sidewalks $250,000
Curriculum Upgrades $250,000
Special Ed Equipment $150,000
Maintenance Equipment $50,000
Restroom Equipment $50,000

Elementary Buildings

DeWitt: $59,000 — Safety and security, curriculum upgrades, restroom upgrades
Lincoln: $75,000 — Safety and security, curriculum upgrades, special education equipment, restroom upgrades
Preston: $75,500 — Safety and security, parking lot/sidewalk, curriculum upgrades, special education equipment

Elementary Buildings

Price: $91,000 — Safety and security, parking lot/sidewalk, curriculum upgrades, special education equipment
Richardson: $30,500 — Safety and security, curriculum upgrades
Silver Lake: $53,500 — Safety and security parking lot/sidewalk, curriculum upgrades 

Secondary Buildings

Bolich: $518,000 — Technology, safety and security, parking lot/sidewalk, curriculum upgrades
Roberts: $384,000 — Technology, safety and security, curriculum upgrades, restroom upgrades
CFHS: $263,500 — Safety and security, parking lot/sidewalk, curriculum upgrades, special education equipment
District: $450,000 — Transportation, maintenance equipment

2016

Transportation $350,000
Technology $700,000
Parking Lots/Sidewalks $250,000
Safety and Security $50,000
CFHS Auditorium Repairs $250,000
Maintenance Equipment $50,000
Curriculum Upgrades $350,000

Elementary Buildings

DeWitt: $234,000 — Technology, parking lot/sidewalks, curriculum upgrades
Lincoln: $270,000 — Technology, parking lot/sidewalks, curriculum upgrades
Preston: $110,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades

Elementary Buildings

Price: $132,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades
Richardson: $225,000 — Technology, parking lot/sidewalks, curriculum upgrades
Silver Lake: $93,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades

Secondary Buildings

Bolich: $44,000 — Curriculum upgrades
Roberts: $118,000 — Parking lot/sidewalks, curriculum upgrades
CFHS: $324,000 — Curriculum upgrades, auditorium repairs
District: $450,000 — Transportation, safety and security, maintenance equipment 

 

2017

Transportation $200,000
Technology $500,000
Security $50,000
Boiler Replacement $200,000
Restroom Renovations $100,000
Food Service Equipment $100,000
Uni-vent Replacement $200,000
Window Replacements $350,000
Main Water Line at Bolich $100,000
Classroom Furniture $200,000

Elementary Buildings

DeWitt: $120,000 — Food service equipment, window replacement, classroom furniture
Lincoln: $65,000 — Restroom equipment, food service equipment, window replacement, classroom furniture
Preston: $43,000 — Restroom equipment, food service equipment, window replacement, classroom furniture

Elementary Buildings

Price: $239,000 — Boiler replacement, restroom equipment, food service equipment, classroom furniture
Richardson: $59,000 — Food service equipment, window replacement, classroom furniture
Silver Lake: $15,000 — Window replacement, classroom furniture

Secondary Buildings

Bolich: $455,000 — Technology, food service equipment, uni-vent replacement, water line replacement, classroom furniture
Roberts: $157,000 — Technology, restroom equipment, food service equipment, classroom furniture
CFHS: $587,000 — Technology, restroom equipment, food service equipment, window replacement, classroom furniture
District: $250,000 — Transportation, safety and security

 

2018

Transportation $200,000
Curriculum Upgrades $200,000
Technology $500,000
Boilers $200,000
HVAC $200,000
TBD $700,000

Elementary Buildings

DeWitt: $325,000 — Technology, HVAC replacement, curriculum upgrades
Lincoln: $139,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades
Preston: $277,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades, boiler replacement

Elementary Buildings

Price: $90,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades
Richardson: $113,000 — Technology, curriculum upgrades 
Silver Lake: $64,000 —  Technology, curriculum upgrades 

Secondary Buildings

Bolich: $25,000 — Curriculum upgrades
Roberts: $25,000 — Curriculum upgrades
CFHS: $42,000 — Curriculum upgrades
District: $900,000 — Transportation, TBD 

Adam C. Miller March 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
This "Improvement levy" frees up money for wages and benefits, right?
Adam C. Miller March 05, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Taxed Enough Already
Kellie Patterson March 05, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I'm glad you asked Adam. As a matter of fact, no. The list above are things we are going without and will continue to go without if this levy fails. This will not "free up" other money.
o March 05, 2013 at 07:00 PM
How much for drug enforcement/education? Our high school has the reputation "Pharmaceutical High."
Pat Janero March 05, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I'm a home owner and I will NOT be voting for this NEW levy. When is it going to stop? They just passed a levy last year. Taxed enough already. NO NO NO
James Thomas March 05, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Please explain a "five-year, 3-mill levy permanent improvement levy". Does it run for only 5 years or is it permanent (always collected)? Or is it that the current improvements being done by the Cuyahoga Falls Schools are only "temporary" at present. I live in Stow so I can't affect the issue but I am confused about the concept of a 5 year levy being permanant. (Don't give the SMFSD any ideas.) Also, the expenitures currently outlined come up about 200k short each year. If my math is correct 11.1 million over 5 years is about 2.2 million per year and only about 2 million per year in expenditures are outlined. What happens if this conservative budgeting turns out to be the actual case for the amount spent?
riverrat March 05, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I guess the truth hurts, delete my comment because it shows CFHS in a bad light?
Kellie Patterson March 06, 2013 at 12:08 AM
The term "Permanent Improvement" refers to the type of expenditures this levy will be used for. The excess that may or may not occur each year would go into a PI fund that would be used for emergency or unexpected permanent improvements, like if a boiler would go kaput. I say may or may not be used because the figures above are round estimates. For instance, the $1 million on technology in 2014 could actually total $1.2 million before all is said and done. Permanent improvements are "things"-tangible items that have at least a 5-year shelf life. Books, buses, computers, uni-vents, boilers, windows, roofs, etc. The term PI has nothing to do with the length of the levy. It is a 5-year, 3-mill levy, up for renewal in 5 years. Other than a replacement in 2011, the CF School District has not put a new tax issue on the ballot since 2005. In fact, even with Gov. Kasichs additional funding next year, we will be operating on the same revenues as in 2007.
Earl Elevant March 06, 2013 at 02:25 AM
The money has already been freed up for wages and benefits through other levies and shell games. Funny how whatever levy we're voting on is *NEVER* for wages and benefits, yet they always seem to increase. *OTHER* money goes toward wages and benefits--never what they put out there in plain sight. What they never say is that if the *OTHER* money were not spent on wages and benefits, we wouldn't have nearly as many levies and they wouldn't be as big. I'm sure the PR firm was paid for out of the *OTHER* money, too.
Earl Elevant March 06, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Rich, you're the idiot. The schools are only "Effective." Throwing money at them will not increase your property value; it will only decrease your wallet value. And our community is in shambles. It's going to take more than yet another levy to fix this problem. We pay enough. The vote is NO on this levy.
Amy C. March 06, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Didn't they say if the last big school levy passed that they would not ask again? What happen? My neighbor had 4 kids going to school and paid less than I do. I do not have any kids in school. MAKE IT FAIR FOR EVERYONE!!! Get off of the homeowners. Our elderly can't afford anymore!
Earl Elevant March 06, 2013 at 06:24 AM
They'll always ask for more. They'll ask during times when nothing but the levy is on the ballot. If that fails, they'll ask again. If that fails, they'll ask again. If that fails, they'll ask again. Until it passes. Sometimes they'll use money they supposedly don't have to hire PR firms to help the levy pass. Just vote NO and be done with it. (Until next month when they ask again.)
Adam C. Miller March 06, 2013 at 09:23 AM
This will become the 8th active levy/revenue source from my property taxes for the schools...
Adam C. Miller March 06, 2013 at 09:26 AM
The 2011 levy alone costs me $300 a year in NEW taxes... PS The same year we passed the C-Falls Library levy which costs me an additional $60 a year ($360 in NEW taxes just in 2011). Taxed Enough Already
Adam C. Miller March 06, 2013 at 09:31 AM
But the 2011 levy raises more tax revenue than the ACTIVE 1983, 1998, and 2002 levies combined...
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Rich, The fact that "riverrat" whined about raises solidifies that he/she is an idiot. Whiny idiots like "riverrat" think teachers shouldn't be paid and/or shouldn't receive COL increases -- esp. if they do a good job.
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:25 AM
And you think voting "No" will actually fix any problems? Yeah, because a community that continues to shoot down levies does wonders for the school district, the community, property values, etc. Good grief people are borderline-brain dead in these issues.
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Beer and tobacco have been taxed for quite a long time, riverdumbass
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Troll, You don't live in Caucasian Falls. Mind your own business, loser. But, showing us how truly stupid you are by not understanding what this "5-year 3-mil improvement levy" means. I'm never amazed at just how ignorant you are. Go have some more tea, bagger.
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 11:33 AM
The responses here just further indicate how truly uneducated the average voter is. You're either too stupid and/or lazy (well, that would make you both) to realize there's a difference between OPERATING levies and IMPROVEMENT levies. And no, one can not be used for the other. Look forward to those who'll stand their ground on stupid with their responses (well, actually like many of you, I don't frequent this site every day). But, here they come in 3..2..1.
Earl Elevant March 06, 2013 at 06:04 PM
We've been throwing money at the schools since forever. The community is getting worse. Property values are dropping. The schools are only "Effective" in the state ratings. Exactly how much more money would you like us to throw at the schools, Joe, before we see improvement on any front? How much will fix the problem?
James Thomas March 06, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Ms. Patterson, thank you for your reply. Joe Homeowner soak your head.
Adam C. Miller March 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Funny how people refuse to use their real names on here. Thanks for the info/insight Kellie ;)
wmfr March 06, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Rich is 100 percent correct - You must vote yes on these types of issues and it DOES impact home value. I am not going to get into why, because the negative people on here always have their minds made up.
James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
By the way, NolanJoeHomeownerderpspotterJamesThomasJackKelly, Have you taken down the Psuedo James Thomas Page you Created?
James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
By the way, NolanJoeHomeownerderpspotterJamesThomasJackKelly, Have you taken down the Psuedo James Thomas Page you Created?
James Thomas March 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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NMAXXS May 02, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Sales taxes share the burden? It's surprising you would think that, since sales taxes are regressive in nature.
NMAXXS May 02, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Attacking and calling people stupid works well when having a reasonable discussion. /snark

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