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Revere places levy on August ballot in case May issue fails

By John Published: April 22, 2011

Jody Miller
Special to the Beacon Journal

BATH TWP.: Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, the Revere school board has placed a 10-year emergency operating levy on the August special-election ballot.

The issue is identical to one voters will consider May 3.

The 95-day filing deadline for the August ballot falls just days before the May 3 election, when voters will determine the fate of a 4.83-mill operating levy.

If they approve the levy next month, the issue would be removed from the August ballot, district officials said.

''This is a fail-safe provision in the event that there is not a positive outcome in May,'' Revere Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer David Forrest said.

The May levy represents the third time in a year that the district has asked voters for additional funds.

It has been 10 years since Revere raised new operating money.

If approved, the emergency levy would raise $4,763,000 annually. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $148 annually.

Revere is one of 10 districts in Summit County on the May ballot with requests for more local funding.

Without a levy, the district would have to make more cuts for the 2011-12 school year, including staff reductions of up to 65 people; increased class sizes; decreased curriculum; elimination of some co-curricular and athletic activities; implementation of pay to play/participate fees; and transportation cutbacks.

Complicating the situation in Revere are state funding cuts in Gov. John Kasich's proposed biennial budget that would cost the district more than $3 million annually, district officials say.

''The new budget bill has significant and radical impact on the school district,'' Forrest said.



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