Lake Local to put new levy on August ballot

After making drastic cuts in March, following another failed levy attempt in November, Lake Local school officialsâ?? hope this time voters will get behind the districtâ??s latest levy proposal.

During a meeting on Monday, the Board unanimously voted in favor of a new 6.75 mill operating levy that would last 3 years and appear on the August 7th ballot.

Officials say the district needs the new levy to pass, because even with it they anticipate Lake Local will have a deficit of nearly a $500,000 by January.

â??Weâ??re going to have to move money around. We are going to have to look at our expenditures,â?? Lake Local Schools Superintendent Jim Witt said.

School Board members say funding cuts from both the state and federal government, along with the failed levies, have put them in tough financial situation.

â??We could not have foreseen the severity of the state cuts,â?? Tim Krugh, president of the board of education said.

Though the last failed levy was for 4.75 mill for 5 years, officials say they were forced to raise it.

â??In an effort to make up the money we lost and to offset that, they decided to go from two mills higher,â?? Witt said.

The board however did decide to make the length of the levy shorter with the plan to re-assess the districtâ??s financial situation in 2015.

During Mondayâ??s meeting, members of the media outnumbered those from the public in attendance.

This was much different than a month ago when over 100 residents showed up, some to protest the cuts school officials were making after Novemberâ??s failed levy.

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