Hudson School District grateful for levy's passage

Tim Troglen Published:

Hudson - Voters approved Issue 64, the Hudson City School District’s 5-year, 1.5-mill permanent improvement fund levy renewal, on Election Day, with about 66 percent in favor.

“We know economic recovery has been slow, so we can’t thank the community enough for its continued support of the PIF,” said Hudson Schools Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley. “With its passage, we will received uninterrupted funds to protect these precious school/community assets for the next five years.”

The property tax levy will continue to collect about $1.3 million a year. It will continue to cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $138 per year.
The levy will not increase taxes and will be used for permanent improvements to buildings and school sites which can last up to five years or longer, according to Superintendent Steve Farnsworth.
The renewal levy passed with 9,131 votes for (65.65 percent), and 4,778 against (34.35 percent), according to the final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.

“We are very thankful that the PIF [levy] passed,” Sheatzley said. “We had a wonderful committee of citizens who work very hard to keep the public informed about the importance of the funds for permanent improvements and technology."

The School Board in September affirmed that at least $278,000 of the levy will go toward technology each year.
The money will be used for five main areas from 2013 to 2017, according to Hudson Schools Business Manager Derek Cluse. The areas include buildings, technology, essential services such as maintenance, kitchen equipment and planning, safety and energy efficiency.
“We will leave the information on the website at www.hudson.edu, so the community can continue to follow the PIF plan,” Sheatzley said.
The election results are scheduled to be finalized by the Summit County Board of Elections Nov. 27.

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