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Letter: School board president, superintendent seek support for PIF levy

Published: April 16, 2017 12:01 AM

The Hudson City School District has placed a 1.5 mills, 5-year limited renewal levy for its Permanent Improvement Fund (PIF) on the May 2, 2017 ballot. In place since 1962, this levy provides critical funds for five essential areas: technology, enhanced security, essential services, shelter and grounds and efficiency systems. The levy raises $1.3 million per year, and provides $285,000 annually for technology.

Since 2013, PIF funds have been expended for the following: Shelter, $2.6M, Technology $1.5M, Essential Services, $1.3M, Safety, $914,000, and Efficient Operations, $430,000.

If renewed in 2017, this levy will cost the community no additional taxes.

At the same time, the school district is also working on a Master Facility Plan.

We understand that this may be causing some confusion in the community. However, these issues are uniquely different. Here's how:

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The PIF provides on-going funds for routine capital expenditures that help our district provide essential services to maintain our facilities and grounds from year-to-year. These expenditures can be compared to home maintenance projects such as a new roof, driveway, or the replacement of a furnace, air conditioning unit, or upgrades to your home security system.

The Master Facilities Plan is a long-range plan that assesses the long-term viability of school facilities, addresses site improvement and traffic flow, and outlines building and renovation projects that are needed to support the next generation of learning for Hudson students. Information updates, presentations, and community engagement will continue throughout the next several months prior to a final recommendation being made to the Board of Education. To follow the timeline and progress of the Master Facilities Plan, visit www.hudson.k12.oh.us.

Again, please remember to vote. The PIF appears on the ballot Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Phil Herman, Superintendent and Dave Zuro, Board of Education President

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