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Rittman Schools seeks levy renewal

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RITTMAN — Rittman Exempted Village School District will seek a 3.5-mill permanent improvement levy renewal during the upcoming general election.

“This is a renewal, so it is not a new tax,” said district Treasurer Mark Dickerhoof. “I actually think this has been on the books probably since the 1980s.”

According to the Medina County Auditor’s Office, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $44.07 a year with passage of the renewal.

Dickerhoof said Monday that the current levy, which is scheduled to expire in 2020, provides the district with $174,000 of income annually for permanent improvements to the district.

Issue 3
  • What is it: 3.5-mill permanent improvement levy renewal
  • Duration: Five years
  • How much would it raise: $174,000 annually
  • Purpose: Transportation maintenance and technology
  • Cost of homeowner: The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $44.07 a year.

While the district does not have any major construction projects in mind, Dickerhoof said the funding will go toward helping the district maintain its bus fleet and keep pace as technology continues to advance.

“Now a bus is around $85,000 to $90,000 for one bus,” he said. “We want to make sure our buses stay in good shape, and we also want to make sure our technology stays up-to-date because that is something that is always changing.”

Dickerhoof said he has not received feedback from district residents about the renewal levy.

“Not at this time,” he said. “Again, I think hopefully the people are confident with what we have done with the money in the past, and we will be able to do the same in the future.”

Dickerhoof said in the event the levy renewal falls to pass, the district still has more opportunities at the polls before it would lose any funding.

This issue will appear on the ballot for voters in portions of Guilford and Wadsworth townships.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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