FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — The 2020 presidential General Election includes numerous community issues — such as a new-money school levy and charter amendments — to be decided on Nov. 3.
There’s Issue 72, which finds the Fairview Park City Schools going to the ballot for the district’s first new operating levy in 14 years.
If approved, the continuous 7.9-mill operating levy would raise $3.2 million annually, with homeowners paying an additional $23.04 monthly per $100,000 in home value.
The district has advertised that a failed Issue 72 — which means a $1.6 million deficit starting next school year — would have direct negative consequences beginning in the second semester of the current school year.
This would include suspending all athletic and extracurricular activities, starting with winter sports. Also, bus transportation would be cut to state minimum standards regarding radius to school.
The 2021-2022 school year would find the district making double-digit reductions of teachers and support staff.
Conversely, if residents pass Issue 72 — and there aren’t further cuts to state and federal funding — the Board of Education has promised that it won’t return to the ballot for five years.
“We’ve been hearing a lot of positive support,” Superintendent Bill Wagner previously told cleveland.com. “I’m cautiously optimistic our community will continue to support us in the way that they have in the past.”
North Olmsted charter amendments
In North Olmsted, Election Day voters will be deciding four charter amendments characterized as being mostly of the housekeeping variety.
Two of the charter amendments — Issue 20 and 22 — are tied directly to life in 2020, where the pandemic found City Council meeting electronically for the majority of the year.
A direct result of COVID-19, the issues — if passed — would provide flexibility to City Council and other public groups to meet remotely due to a pandemic, City Hall construction or fire.
The remaining two charter amendments are truly simple housekeeping measures. This includes Issue 19, which if passed would eliminate procedures for detachment of lands that are in conflict with the general law procedures established in the Ohio Revised Code.
Issue 21 involves the charter review commission convening in January to meet its six-month deadline to present charter amendment recommendations to council.
“We need to make sure we stay up with the times,” Mayor Kevin Kennedy previously told cleveland.com. “These charter amendments keep us there. I would urge the residents to support these charter amendments.”
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