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Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools to put substitute levy on May ballot


SHEFFIELD — Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools is hoping to implement a new substitute levy on the May 7 ballot.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Superintendent Mike Cook said the school board wanted to take advantage of a possible substitute levy for the district. The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school board declared the necessity of the levy at its December meeting. If approved, the substitute levy would combine the district’s three emergency levies into one continuous levy.

The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake substitute levy committee made of educators and volunteers in the community met for the second time Tuesday night to discuss their goals moving forward.

Bob Markovich, chairman of the committee, said the committee divided in to three separate groups, one for social media outreach, one for action in flyers and going door-to-door and another for planning the language of the information for the campaign.

Following what Avon Lake schools did in 2018, the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools only want to combine its emergency renewal levies to allow the district to continue paying for programs and changes in technology in the schools without the need to renew. The levy also will keep the amount the same —about $6 million, which is the combined amount of all three levies.

“We just want to be able to plan on that money being there so we can continue to know what our finances are,” Cook said.

The campaign doesn’t have too much put together at the moment, but will be putting more ideas together and a set of answers to frequently asked questions.

Markovich wanted to emphasize that no new taxes will be on the ballot.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.

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