BRUNSWICK – Residents living in the Brunswick City School District will decide this fall whether the school district will be on the receiving end of an additional $6.1 million in operating revenue starting Jan. 1 after the Board of Education voted in favor of placing a 5.5-mill emergency operating levy on the November ballot.
The motion passed 4-0 as School Board Member Grant Relic was not in attendance for the Aug. 5 vote.
According to the Medina County Auditor’s Office, if the proposed operating levy would cost voters approximately 55 cents per $100 in property valuation. For the owner of a $100,000 home, that translates into an additional $16 a month or approximately $192 a year.
Though voters approved a 2.3-mill, 36-year bond issue in 2017 to build the Brunswick Middle School and fund additional districtwide capital improvements, should the ballot issue pass this fall it would be the first time the district received new operating revenue in approximately 13 years.
In addition to the bond issue, there are also four additional operating levies that currently fund the district’s operating budget.
In total, the district has a $70 million annual revenue stream to operate 11 school buildings, including seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school, said district Treasurer Mark Pepera.
Pepera explained that the school board has been evaluating the district’s financial position closely for the past year and a half and recently came to the conclusion that it was time to focus on “the district’s long-term financial stability.”
Pepera said Brunswick is renowned throughout the state for operating a “tight belt” and for closely watching its spending when compared with other nearby school districts. However, he said that additional money will be needed in the next five years in order to avoid having to make cuts in both programming and staff.
“This money would be dedicated to funding district operations and we are fairly confident this will get us another five years before we have to come back to the voters,” he said. “We would never ask for more than we need but we do want what we ask for to last so that we don’t have to go back to the voters sooner than we anticipated.”
According to the Medina County Board of Elections, Aug. 7 was the deadline for ballot issues to be certified for the November election.