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School Board Could Put Levy on May Ballot

The decision is not final, and further discussion will take place on Monday.

The Westlake Board of Education has given the treasurer the go-ahead to see how much money a 5.9-mill levy would generate, said board President Tom Mays.

That move is actually the first step to putting a levy on the May 2013 ballot.

The board will discuss whether to put that levy on the May 7 ballot during its next meeting on Monday, Mays said. If they decide to do that, the board would vote to submit the proper paperwork to the county Board of Elections, and everything must be filed by Feb. 6. 

This discussion first came up in mid-January. At the time, the board did plan to put a levy before voters in 2013, but members were still undecided if the levy should go on the May or November ballots.

Patty23 February 01, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Really a levy,come on. Lets finish the Taj Mahal's first. Sounds like poor planing on our school board once again!!
Christopher Ruszkowski February 01, 2013 at 03:21 PM
We just passed a huge levy, does it ever end?
Kim Bonvissuto February 01, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Westlake Schools last went to voters with an operating levy in 2006. That levy was expected to last 4 years, but the Board of Education was able to stretch it to 7 years. In May 2010, voters passed a bond issue to build a new middle school and high school, and renovate the existing middle school for an intermediate building. By law, the schools cannot use bond issue money for operating expenses.
Darlene Mulholland February 02, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I posted my comments but it is not published. Could the Westlake Administration be scared to confront my questions?????????
Debra Szarka March 28, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Is this an increase in the existing levy? Is the administration trying to recover the 4mill that was pulled by the State?
Kim Bonvissuto April 04, 2013 at 04:58 PM
State funding has been cut by over $4.2 million in the last two years and by over $10 million since the last operating levy.To address those reductions, the schools cut 17 staff positions and reduced programming and transportation. Issue 16 will not replace what has already been lost. Rather the additional 5.9 mil levy will allow the district to maintain the programming already in place and allow Westlake Schools to continue to maintain the excellence the community has come to expect from its schools.

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