The Tallmadge Express encourages voters to vote "for" Issue 43, a 10-year, 7.55-mill operating levy renewal which would raise $2.867 million annually for school expenses.
This is a renewal of a five-year levy voters approved in 2008, and won't impose additional taxes on property owners. That levy was originally collected at 6.9-mills and is currently being collected at 7.78-mills.
If approved, it would be one of three active levies that help fund the school district. The money raised would continue to pay for daily operating expenses of the school district, including salaries, utilities, repairs, supplies and equipment.
Tallmadge City Schools Treasurer Jeff Hostetler said this renewal levy represents 12 percent of the district's operating budget and is critical to its ongoing operation.
The district has been a good steward of taxpayer dollars as demonstrated by its earning its seventh "Excellent with Distinction" rating from the state on its report card and receiving decades of clean audits from the state.
Tallmadge residents have consistently shown how much they value education in general and the Tallmadge City Schools in particular by supporting renewal levy requests in the past. With the state providing less and less funding to school districts with each passing year, it continues to be the responsibility of the community to uphold this tradition of support by voting "for" Issue 43.