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Marietta puts levy on May ballot

Second attempt to convince voters to pass $2.75M tax issue

January 25, 2011
By Kate York,

The Marietta City Board of Education voted Monday to proceed with placing a levy on the May 3 ballot that would generate $2.75 million a year for the district.

It's the second try for the levy, which failed in November when nearly 55 percent of votes were cast against it.

The district's financial forecast hasn't improved, said board President Greg Gault. Marietta is spending less per student than any other district in Washington County and below the state average, he said.

"That's not a number to be proud of," Gault said. "But it shows that we've cut costs, expenses and programs to the point where we can't cut anymore. This is where we need to go now to start putting things back."

In its last five-year financial forecast submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, the district was expected to have deficit spending each year and a deficit of $12 million by fiscal year 2015.

The levy on the May ballot is for five years and 6.21 mills, slightly less than the 6.38 mills in November.

"The dollar amount it's bringing in is the same as in November," said district Treasurer Matt Reed. "Due to an increase in valuation, the millage actually went down a little bit."

Gault said a levy committee is in the process of being formed and will likely have 20 to 25 members.

"We should be getting started next week, and we'll have to get moving," he said. "May will be here before you know it."

Also at Monday's meeting, held at Washington Elementary School, the board saw a presentation from students showcasing their quilting club, led by the school's custodian, Joyce Murphy.

Beginning with Monday's meeting, the board is rotating their meetings among all the district's schools and plan to hear about a special program at each school.

Members of the quilt club, which began in 2005, showed samples of their work, which has included quilts and bibs for area nursing homes, pillowcases for the American Red Cross and dog pads for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.



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