COVENTRY TWP. Residents in Coventry got a better explanation of how levies and property appraisals work.
During the Sept. 20 board meeting, the Summit County Fiscal Office made a presentation and answered questions from those in attendance. County officials explained the word emergency levy comes from the state and is attached to a levy when a district is trying to avoid a deficit in the operating budget.
Coventry voters defeated an emergency levy in May and will decide on the same levy in November. The levy is a renewal, and when it was first put on in 2003, it was to help with financial difficulties. Coventry Schools operate off nine levies, one of which is a bond issue approved to help construct the new high school.
Superintendent Rusty Chaboudy questioned why the word emergency is so big on the ballot compared to the word renewal. The fiscal office said that was a question for the Board of Elections.
The levy that voters will decide on this November generates almost $3 million for the district and will run out at the end of 2018. Residents can continue to receive the homestead rollback for the levy unless it runs out and the district has to put a new levy on the ballot.
Summit County recently reappraised home valuations, with some areas seeing an increase and some areas staying the same. As a whole, Coventry saw an increase. The reappraisal was done strictly based on home sales in the area.
In other business Sept. 20, the board:
- Recognized staff and administration who have perfect attendance in the district.
- Recognized several local businesses for donations to the district.
- Heard a presentation from Treasurer Matthew Muccio comparing other five-year-forecasts to Coventry. He pointed out several other districts are facing even tougher finances compared to Coventry.
- Heard from Chaboudy, who said the cuts that will start in January if the renewal fails in November are not threats. He said as a part of the Financial Recovery Plan, the state commission overseeing the district requires a plan to be put in place following November if the levy fails for cuts. Chaboudy said the state commission has control of the district’s finances.
- Approved a contract with Hats off Entertainment for the upcoming homecoming dance, which is being funded by student council.
- Approved the Coventry Middle School trip to Washington D.C.
- Approved a donation from the city of Green of six bleachers, which will be placed in the track area.
The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Coventry High School.