Answers to Most Frequently Asked Questions about the May 2021 Levy
What will the renewal levy cost taxpayers?
The renewal levy is NOT a New Tax and will not increase taxes.
What is a renewal levy?
Ohio law allows districts to ask voters to renew a limited levy when it expires. The levy must be for the same purpose and is renewed at the current millage rate. Canton Local’s renewal request is for 8.9 mils for operations and 1.9 for permanent improvements for a 5-year term. The expiring levies were last renewed in 2016.
What is included in operating dollars?
Operating levy funds are used by the district to pay staff to educate, feed, counsel, support and transport students as well as implement improvements in safety and security, mental health, academics programming, arts and extra-curricular.
What is included in permanent improvement dollars?
Permanent improvement levy funds are used to help pay for buses, technology, maintenance equipment and building improvements.
Does the district have a levy on the ballot because of the new middle school?
No. The renewal is needed regardless of the new construction project.
The new middle school is being funded in partnership with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission along with public utility taxes that the district set aside over the past several years.
What is the district doing to reduce costs and operate efficiently?
- Maintains staffing levels to meet student needs and enrollment projections
- Utilizes business and community partnerships to fund special projects
- Applies for state and federal grant opportunities
- Monitors interest rates and refinances bonds saving taxpayers nearly $2 million since 2014