HUDSON -- The voters of Hudson showed an overwhelming faith in the district's need for a continuing stream of finances May 2 and approved Issue 13, a continuation of the current 1.5 mill Permanent Improvement Fund.
According to the final but yet unofficial numbers from the Summit County Board of Elections 2,386, or 86.96 percent of the voters supported the levy while 372, or 13.04 percent were opposed. According to the Board of Elections the results will become official May 14.
The PIF, which was not a new tax, will generate about $1.38 million a year, according to the Summit County Fiscal Office. The newly passed PIF levy will continue to cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $138 per year.
"It was wonderful to see the results of the PIF Renewal Levy. I am extremely grateful that the Hudson Schools community continues to be supportive of the schools and the Permanent Improvement Fund," according to Hudson City School's Superintendent Phil Herman. "The renewal of the fund ensures that we will be able to continue to carefully invest in instructional technology, maintain facilities and grounds, and replace aging equipment and buses when necessary."
Herman said he was thankful for the community's support.
"I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for the demonstrated value this community places on education and supporting the learning needs of our students," Herman added.
Board president David Zuro agreed.
"We are pleased and most grateful for the overwhelming support Hudson Schools received from the community in renewing the PIF Levy," Zuro said. "Our schools will continue to prudently manage permanent improvement funds to promote the future success of our students."
Hudson Middle School Principal Kim Cockley was home when she heard the news.
"I am grateful every day to be a part of the Hudson community as a parent and as an educator," Cockley said. "The overwhelming support of the community for our schools is incredibly appreciated."
Cockley called Hudson a special place due to "every individual, family and entity cares about our youth and our community," she said.
"The PIF funds have provided much needed technology, safety, transportation and maintenance items, for example, for which we are grateful," Cockley added.
The current PIF expires Dec. 31, 2017 and has been in place since 1962. The renewal PIF goes through 2022.
All PIF dollars must be used for capital projects that will last 5 years or longer. This includes projects such as roof replacement or repair, parking lot and grounds and field maintenance, heating and cooling units, and technology. In addition, school buses and food service equipment are purchased with PIF dollars.
Over the next 5 years, a minimum of $285,000 will be dedicated annually to technology resources including servers, computers, Chromebooks, and other instructional equipment.