Levy back on the ballot

Crestview seeks 2.84 mill levy for new school

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview School District voters will see the levy to build a new school back on the May 7 ballot, but it will read a little different than the last time.

After sending the improvement bond numbers back to the county auditor’s office, it was learned the amount of mills needed to raise the school’s share of $5.2 million, along with the additional .50 mills to pay for the upkeep of the new facility is now 2.84 mills. That amount will cost the owner of a $100,000 home, $8.08 per month.

According to Superintendent Matthew Manley, the decrease in the amount of mills the school district is seeking is due to the increase in property values around the school district.

Voters narrowly defeated the levy on Nov. 6, when the school district sought a 2.93-mill levy. The levy in November failed by only 90 votes with more than 2,400 district residents voting.

The levy will cover 12 percent of the project, while the Ohio Schools Facility Commission will pay 88 percent of the $43 million project.

Board President Edward Miller noted this is the last chance for the school district to build at this amount before the costs are expected to rise. If voters do not pass the levy in May, it is believed the local share of the project would increase by $600,000 to $800,000.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board unanimously passed the resolution to put the matter on the ballot in May.

Additionally, during Wednesday’s meeting, Student Board Member Jeremy Miller asked about what types of new technology will be available for students if the new building goes forward. Technology Director Daryl Miller said he valued the input of the students and would like to meet with them to talk about their ideas for the district’s future technology needs, whether the new building does or does not go forward.