The last operating levy was passed in 2006, said superintendant Dan Keenan. It was originally intended to be for four years.
At Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Education where the teachers' contract was approved, board members began talking about a new levy.
The board did not decide what the millage rate would be for a levy. Keenan estimated that it would be anywhere between 5.9 and 6.5 mills. According the the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office, one mill of taxes equals $1 tax per $1,000 of assessed property value.
If a levy is to be on the ballot for the May 7 primary election, the district must file with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by Feb. 6. Before that, Pepera would have to get the levy's millage rate certified by the Cuyahoga County Auditor.
Board president Tom Mays said he felt putting the levy on the spring ballot made the most sense, as it would give the district two opportunities to pass the levy. The levy must pass in 2013 for the district to start getting the money in 2014.
"If we don't pass this until 2014, that means we don't see the money until 2015," he said. "And that would likely lead to us having to make significant cuts."
Board member Nate Cross was not convinced.
"There are pros and cons to whether to do this in the spring," he said. "The whole community should be involved with this discussion. We should take the time to choose the best opportunity, and time is not on our side right now."
The board is scheduled to next meet on Jan. 28.
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