Thursday, July 17, 2008
DISCUSSION: HAVE THE CHANCES FOR STARK COUNTY SCHOOLS' LEVIES/BOND ISSUES IMPROVED?
Probably not. Nor, for that matter, does the Plain School District (if it chooses to put an issue on for November).
Ohioans and Stark Countians are waiting to see what the Strickland administration is going to come out with in his "State of the State" message in January, 2009. In the meantime, the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) predicts that no new revenue raising measures will pass in Stark County this year. Voters will be waiting to see what Ohio is going to do in their respective districts.
The Report has learned it is a go for the merger between the Lake Senior Center and the Lake Branch of the YMCA. It was thought that the merger would be contingent on the Lake schools passing a $28 million bond issue to secure funds to do major new construction on the main Lake campus (the site of the Lake YMCA) for the merger to happen.
But no. The Report understands from a key official on the board of the Senior Center that Lake Township trustee Ellis Erb has taken the position that the bond issue will not pass but that the merger will happen because the new construction which would accommodate the Senior Center will go forward without the schools' money.
Question: What do you think? Is The Report correct? If Lake voters, Plain voters, Northwest voters are faced with revenue approval requests in November, are they doomed?
Posted by Martin Olson at 6:50 AM