Clark-Shawnee residents will vote Tuesday, November 2, 2021, on a proposed substitute levy that would combine two existing levies and would not raise taxes.
The November 2 substitute levy maintains current funding for the district by combining two existing, renewal tax levies into one substitute levy.
The two existing levies are:
- An Emergency Levy first approved in 2012 by voters that generates about $2,463,333 million annually.
- An Emergency Levy first approved in 2014 by voters that generates about $2,257,998 million annually.
Both levies are used for operating costs for the district, including materials, supplies, salaries, benefits, programs, classes, and more.
Because taxpayers are already paying on these existing levies, taxes will not increase as a result of the approval of the substitute levy. The approval of the substitute levy does not increase the amount of local funding the district receives.
“A Substitute Levy is a new type of levy available to Ohio schools that combines existing levies without raising taxes,” said Superintendent Brian Kuhn. “Through the substitute levy, the district would reduce costs of renewing existing levies at the ballot box and would ensure that new construction in our district helps fund our schools.”
The November 2, 2021 substitute levy is a continuing 12.5-mill levy that would continue to generate $4.7 million for district operations. Taxes would not increase as a result of approving this levy because it replaces levies already collected.
The substitute levy is different from a typical operating levy because it allows the district to capture new revenue from future growth in our district from new residential or business development. That means that as new residents and companies move into the district and build, they'll help fund the costs of educating kids in our community.