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.