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Woodridge Local Schools Gearing up for August Levy

School officials, the Woodridge Board of Education and levy committee volunteers will work over the next two months in the hopes of swaying voters to pass a five-year, 6.83 mill levy.

On Aug. 7, voters will hit the polls and approve or strike down a five-year, 6.83-mill levy that has the potential to make or break the district’s long-term budget.

If passed, the issue would generate $15 million in revenue and cost homeowners $209 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, said district Superintendent Walter Davis.

However, after narrow, back-to-back levy failures, the question remains: can the district muster enough votes to seal a victory?

To help ensure its passage, here’s what the district has lined up over the next two months:

  • A door-to-door campaign will be held in mid to late July. Levy volunteers will talk to voters and distribute information.
  • To garner community support, the levy committee – chaired by Scott Karlo, Caitlyn Sabo, Jerilyn McGuire and Mike McGuire – will host a Community Day rally on Saturday, Aug. 4. The family-friendly event will feature games, music, a classic car show and a fireworks show.

Editor's Note: A bullet point was removed from the article stating the board may seek additional reductions if the levy were to fail in August. That information was culled from email correspondence between Patch and Superintendent Walter Davis. However, upon further review, Davis said no additional cuts would be discussed or made at this time and has offered the following information in the Comments.

W. Davis June 18, 2012 at 08:54 PM
In an effort to provide some clarity to the Woodridge Levy and this article, the levy is a five year levy that will collect $3,000,000 each year. Since there are multiple opportunities to pass a levy in a given calendar year, we know that this levy needs to pass in calendar year 2012 to avoid an even deeper budget crisis. The Board of Education has stated that no additional reductions will be made prior to the August election. If the August levy were to fail, the Board would likely place the levy back on the November ballot since that is the last opportunity to seek approval in this calendar / tax year. Additional budget reductions would be necessary shoudl the November attempt fail. As such, the public should NOT expect the Board to discuss additional budget reductions at this time. The reductions already made coupled with the passage of Issue 5 on August 7 will enable the district to move forward.

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