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School District's Levy Campaigning to Kick Off Soon

Cuyahoga Falls City School District officials said residents can expect billboards, mail cards, yard signs and op eds in their local media publications

District officials are about coming out swinging when it comes to the upcoming permanent improvement levy.

Cuyahoga Falls City School officials are planning several ways to get the word out about why the district needs the five-year, 3-mill levy. And they only have about 70 days before the May 7 election (and even fewer before early voting starts April 2).

"It's kind of a time crunch," Superintendent Todd Nichols said at Monday night's Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education meeting inside the high school.

On the way are billboards, mail cards, yard signs and opinion pieces and advertisements in their local media publications by the end of March. Those will tout the reasons the district needs the levy, which was approved by the board in January of this year.

If approved, the levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue and cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in valuation.

Revenue would be used for safety and technology maintenance and upgrades as well as building maintenance and repairs.

Nichols said he's trying to keep up to date with the community's thoughts on the levy, and that includes keeping an eye on what Patch readers are saying:

  • Terry: "2 NO votes from my house. My monthly COLA increase is gone with a health insurance premium increase, a Warner Cable increase, a previous levy increase on my property tax and the list goes on. I can't ask the voters to help with my bills. I have to ADJUST and hope for the best."
  • Dave: "2 YES votes from my house. For technology and safety upgrades? I don't even have kids in the CF schools, but I think I can swing $7.50 a month so the children will be safer and better educated. Everyone's bills are increasing, I got a raise this year only to see my paycheck decrease from the increase in the social security tax and an increase in my health care premiums, but I will always vote YES for a school levy.
  • Adam C. Miller: "So why don't the parents of kids in the district pay a little more $$$? Why do us childless couples have to pick up the tab..."
  • Board President Kellie Patterson's reply: "Because Adam, when I was childless, I picked up the tab for you ;)"

Nichols said a bond issue is one alternative to the permanent improvement levy.

"The chatter on the Patch seemed to indicate: Should we do (the permanent improvement levy), or should we do the bond?" he said. "Neither opinion said we should do nothing."

Adam C. Miller February 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
You just had to put my losing argument in here didn't you lol Kellie > Me At this point I am undecided as to whether I will vote in favor of the improvement levy...
Earl Elevant February 27, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I think Kellie Patterson has just volunteered to pick up the tab for everyone. Just send her the bill and forget about the levy. Good job!!!
o February 27, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I have always voted for the school levy, but this time I say NO. I read the list of improvements such as a million bucks for school buses and a bunch of money to tear down Sill; hardly life and death needs here. Let parents get their kids to school, and sell Sill like we did with Newberry, etc. There - millions saved.
James Claeys February 27, 2013 at 02:17 PM
It's NEVER enough, is it? ALWAYS more more more. So this one is ONLY for improvements, huh? Bet it frees up some cash already there for MORE salaries & benefits. One NO vote here, but it will fly through, always does.
Will Wilson February 27, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Schools need improved. Technology and safety need improved. Most Ohioans are still thinking that the Lottery and casinos will help pick up the slack. They are wrong. The way Ohio schools are funded have already been deemed unconstitutional. I will vote for the levy regardless. We are called to duty as Americans to do what is right for our families, communities, our state and country.
LJG 60 February 27, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Once again the one reader is right it's never enough. I say enough is enough and they need to vote NO!!! on this levy. I think we should vote Todd Nichols out of the school. I have heard so much bad about him especially from some teachers. My bills keep going up and up and can hardly keep up with food and utilities, so a big NO from this household and hope more will follow.
Beth Marie Shelton February 27, 2013 at 05:11 PM
where is the money from the casinos being used ?
Adam C. Miller February 27, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Taxed Enough Already
Earl Elevant February 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Of course it's never enough. People don't realize how many levies are out there and that's the way they want it. They take lots of little bites at the apple, hoping no one will notice how many bites have been taken. Taking one big bite would be very visible and very obvious. But, if they nickel & dime us every chance they get, they've got the "but it's only $20 a month" argument. And it's "ALL FOR THE CHILDREN!!! WHY DO YOU HATE CHILDREN? GIVE US THE MONEY AND WE WON'T THINK YOU HATE CHILDREN!!!" Maybe that's why they found the money to hire a PR firm for this levy--they realize they can't use the same old arguments. Vote NO on this levy and any future levy.
Pat Janero February 27, 2013 at 08:46 PM
When is the school district going to start to live within THEIR budget? I'm really tired of all these levys. Most of the money is going to salaries and I think that the teachers need to teach the basics. I have heard more people (kids and parents) say something needs fixed. Where I came from you would have said that something needs to be fixed.
Adam C. Miller February 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM
The campaign for the NEW levy... Taxed Enough Already
Morgan Day (Editor) March 05, 2013 at 02:23 AM
I knew you could handle it, Adam! Thanks for your keeping the discussion alive on Cuyahoga Falls Patch.

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