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Springfield Schools withdrawing levy from May ballot

SPRINGFIELD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Springfield School District is choosing to withdraw its 3.9 mill operating levy from the May ballot, meaning voters will not need to decide whether to support or oppose it.

The community experienced mixed reactions.

"They get enough money from us homeowners in the area. You have to pay your home taxes and you have to pay school fees," said Kathleen Jeffries, a Springfield Schools parent.

"I'm a little upset about it. I think we should have tried to go through with it," said Terri Tucholski, a Springfield Township resident.

A board meeting was held yesterday for the school district, during which leaders took a look at the area's financial forecast.  They ultimately decided to put the levy on hold for the sake of the community.

"There's a lot of challenges with all of us in our personal economy right now," said District Superintendent Kathryn Hott.  "We're not fully recovered from the challenges that our country's facing.  The board is painstakingly looking to ensure that we can continue to provide all that we're required to provide and do it in the right manner and still be fiscally responsible to our stakeholders."

The superintendent says there's a good reason for the change. She says a new treasurer discovered new increases in various areas of the budget, and they wanted to make sure they had the right amount of millage.

"If 3.9 is too much or too little, we aren't going to ask our community to support a levy that isn't going to stabilize the district for the future, or maybe too much or too little," said Hott.

She says they will consider another levy somewhere down the road.

"The board will have to consider coming back and asking our voters to support some levy in the future, we don't know when and we don't know how much," said Hott.

Springfield asked voters for a 2.9 mill levy last November to stabilize the district's budget, pay for salaries and to provide necessary technology for students.  The levy was defeated by a large margin.

The school is planning on holding a public meeting sometime in April to discuss the levy with the public.

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