|07-18-03: New Bremen school board puts levy on ballot
|By JANIE SOUTHARD
The Daily Standard
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen Local Schools district voters likely will see a
new continuing operating levy not to exceed 6.3 mills on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Board members voted unanimously at a Thursday night meeting to declare
a levy necessary and will request the Auglaize County auditor to certify total current tax
valuation of the district and provide a dollar amount to be generated by the tax. Then
board members will determine the exact millage.
Superintendent Larry Smith declined to say how much a 6.3-mill levy
would bring in, pending the auditor certification. Since board members are proposing a
continuing levy, it never expires and becomes permanent.
The levy is needed, board members say, due to two consecutive years of
deficit spending of more than $660,000 coupled with state budget cuts during the next two
years of $260,000. School officials project a deficit balance by fiscal year 2006.
Board member Steve McDermitt noted that it's been 11 years since the
district saw a new levy on the ballot.
"I believe this shows we've managed our funds very well," he
New Bremen resident Tim Eiting will chair the community levy campaign
under the slogan: "Great schools = great communities. Together let's continue the
Eiting and McDermitt invited district residents interested in helping
with the campaign to contact them at 419-629-3478 and 419-629-2479, respectively.
At the August meeting the board expects to finalize the procedure to
place the levy on the November ballot.
The district purse took an unexpected hit last month of an additional
$85,500 due to Auglaize County Educational Service Center for special education services
during the past school year, this amount is above the $170,000 due for general service
from the ESC.
The district has four elementary autistic students among other special
needs students; thus, ESC provided a full-time teacher and two aides exclusively to New
For comparison, Smith told the board private contract schooling for
autistic children totals about $45,000 per year per child.
The board approved an increase in athletic ticket prices for the coming
Adult reserved seating for football will be $26, up $1, and general
adult admission for volleyball, $22.50, up $4.50.
Reserved seating for boys basketball will be $52 per adult and adults
will pay $64 for a winter sports pass. Family winter sports passes will be $140 each.
A senior citizen's pass for all home games throughout the school year
will be $25 per person as it was last year.
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