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Springfield Local Schools held a public forum to help plan for a new tax levy Wednesday night. The district recently decided to pull a levy from the May ballot, but will be asking for more money from voters soon.
The district outlined a few possible courses of action at the forum.
First, how the school system would function with no additional funding. Second, how the district would look if voters approved a 6.9 mill levy. Third, leaders outlined what the district could do with funds from an 8.9 mill levy. Finally, an 11.9 mill levy.
"So as questions are asked of our community members tonight, they will be able to give us immediate input as to what they will support, what areas they see us need, and it will give that immediate feedback to the Board of Education so that they can start making plans," Superintendent Kathryn Hott said before the forum.
With hundreds in attendance, 34 percent supported the biggest levy, costing taxpayers $416 a year.
District leaders are hopeful after the forum, but they still have their work cut out for them. They'll likely have to vote at their next board meeting what size levy to place in front of voters and when.
While the 11.9 mill levy, if passed, would mean no cuts in the district, the other two options would hit the district hard. Now the district must decide if a special election in August is necessary or November, when they already have a renewal levy up for a vote.
"It's absolutely critical. I mean, we're in a situation where, if no levy is passed, there is just, like I mentioned, there is just not an area that in the district that's not going to feel the cuts," explained Rick Helminski, with Springfield's BOE.