Swanton BOE Approves Resolution for Renewal Levy on May 2022 Ballot

At the final Swanton Board of Education (BOE) meeting of 2021, Board members approved a resolution to place the renewal of an existing tax levy on May 3, 2022 election ballot.  The resolution was made in response to the substitute levy that failed by two votes in the November 2021 election.

The Resolution title language read as follows: A RESOLUTION DETERMINING TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS OF THE SWANTON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT THE QUESTION OF THE RENEWAL OF AN EXISTING TAX LEVY, PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 5705.194 TO 5705.197 OF THE REVISED CODE.

The explanation of the Resolution read as follows: This is the first resolution to submit to the electors of the School District at an election on May 3, 2022, the question of the renewal of the School District’s existing in the $825,000 emergency tax levy.  If approved, that tax would be first levied in tax year 2022 (and first collected in calendar year 2023) and would run for a period of five years. 

If approved, a certified copy of the resolution will need to be delivered to the Fulton County Auditor. Mr. Kolb, the Fulton County Auditor, will have five days after that delivery in which to certify to the Board to calculate the estimated millage required to raise the annual amount set forth in the resolution and certify that calculation and the School District’s total current tax valuation to the Board of Education.  

“It raises $825,000 a year, a fixed sum,” explained District Treasurer Joyce Kinseman.  “Back when this was first done, back in the 90’s (1996), it was at 7.4 mils.  Now it’s at 3.4 mils.  It has not, honestly, kept up with inflation but it is still a significant and critical piece of our revenue stream.  That’s what I’m asking the Board to approve.”  A motion was made to approve, seconded and passed unanimously.

Once the Resolution is returned by the Fulton County Auditor, another Resolution will be voted on at the January 2022 BOE meeting and sent to the Fulton County Board of Elections to be placed on the ballot if approved.

Pictured:  Swanton High School (South Side)

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