Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Three Rivers may put 8.2-mill levy on ballot




BY LEW MOORES
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVES — The board of education of the Three Rivers Local School District is looking to place an 8.2-mill continuous school levy on the March 7 ballot, replacing two levies that will expire by the end of 2001.

        The board has asked the Hamilton County Auditor's Office how much money the new levy would generate for the school district.

        School district officials said the auditor's office is calculating how much money 8.2 mills would generate.

        The auditor “will certify that back to us and then we come back and either adjust our sights or pass a resolution to put it on the ballot,” said Dr. Richard Scherer, Three Rivers superintendent.

        That final decision should be made in mid-December.

        The current five-year, 4.9-mill levy will expire at the end of 2000. A 1-mill technology levy will expire in June 2001.

        The board of education met Monday night to discuss its needs for the district and decide on the amount of millage it will seek in March.

        The current levy generated almost $1.5 million this year, according to the auditor's office.

        The school district also has a continuous 5-mill levy from 1988 that generated $1.48 million this year.

        Dr. Scherer pointed out that the proposed 8.2-mill levy is just an increase of a bit more than 2 mills over what was voted in 12 years ago.

        “So we're going back a ways, that's not much,” Dr. Scherer said.

        The school district did have a 7.34-mill levy that was passed in February 1992, but then rescinded by voters in November 1993.

        Dr. Scherer said he knew of no organized opposition to a new school levy.

        “I certainly hope not,” said Dr. Scherer. “Our people are quite supportive of school needs when they have that explained to them.

        “So it will be our job to adequately explain it to them. We won't begin to do that for another month. Assuming they do go forward with it, we'll do our best to explain it to the people and we think they'll support it.”

        The school district has about 2,300 students and serves the communities of Miami Township, Cleves, Addyston and North Bend.

       



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