By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
St. Marys, Ohio -
On March 11th, St. Marys Schools held an informational meeting for the public to answer any questions about the levy. Instead, they were met with anger and frustration. With two weeks until election day, Superintendent Shawn Brown has been busy working with the levy committee to answer questions from residents and clear the air of any rumors.
The levy entails a one percent earned income tax and a 5 mill property levy, that when converted into millage, totals more than 13 mills. The need for the levy comes after government funding failed to increase with the inflation rate. According to www.inflationdata.com, inflation between 2004 and 2012 increased nearly 21 percent, while government funding increased less than 3 percent. As a result, St. Marys Schools now face a $1.4 million shortfall if the levy fails.
Similar to the meeting in March, committee members have scheduled a public forum for this Sunday at 4pm in the basement of the Eagles, as well as several other events heading into the election.
Failure to pass the levy in May would result in state minimum busing; the elimination of vocational agriculture classes, as well as Latin and French programs; and the release of an athletic, middle school and high school secretary and the assistant band director.