2018 Crestline Schools-Operational Levy Renewal

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 the renewal of our existing Emergency Operating levy will be on the ballot. Passing the renewal maintains current district operations, allowing our students to continue to have the same great staff and programs offered today.

Passing the levy does not increase taxes for our community.

Renewal levy Q&A:

  1. Why is it called an “emergency levy”?

The levy was initially passed as an “emergency” levy in 2012. For that reason, the word “emergency” must remain as part of the tax levy renewal wording.


  1. What is an emergency levy?

An emergency levy is a property tax that serves as a limited operating levy (maximum of five years) proposed for a specific dollar amount. Because the dollar amount of taxes charged by the levy must stay constant, the millage rate increases or decreases, and property values change. Because it deals with specific dollar amounts, the emergency levy provides no growth on personal tangible or public utility property if the value goes up. Emergency levies may be renewed for the dollar amount originally requested.


  1. How does an emergency levy work and why might millage rate change?

An emergency levy is a fixed sum levy that generates the same dollar amount of revenue each year for the district. Because the annual dollar amount stays the same, the amount of millage needed to generate that dollar amount will fluctuate. The reason millage would fluctuate is because property values increase/decrease on an annual basis. When property values increase, the amount of millage needed to generate a fixed sum of money would decrease or if property values decrease, the amount of millage needed would increase. For example, when the renewal levy was last passed in 2012, the millage rate was 11 mills. The estimated millage for the renewal now is 10 mills because property values have increased in our district.

  1. What is a mill?

A mill is 1/10 of one penny. A mill produces $1.00 in tax income for every $1000 of assessed property value.


  1. How long has this levy been in place?

This levy was approved by voters of our School District on March 6th, 2012, and first placed on the tax list in 2013 for collection in years 2014 through 2018.


  1. What are permissible uses for this operating levy?

An operating levy is a levy for learning. Operating levies provide school districts money to be used for day-to-day expenses such as educational programs, safety and security, school staff salaries, utilities, textbooks & teaching materials and supplies, transportation and activities programs. It is a way for local communities to supplement State and Federal funding which fall short of providing for all that is required to operate a school district.


  1. What are the options when a limited levy expires?

Ohio law generally 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 effective millage rate. This does not cost the tax payer any additional money.


  1. What is the difference between a LEVY and a BOND?

A LEVY is approved by voters for a specific amount of years and a specific amount of money.  A levy helps pay for the day-to-day operations of the school district. Levies are for learning.

A BOND is approved by voters for a specific amount of money and can only be used for construction projects.  Bonds are for building.

Crestline School District is running a renewal Operating LEVY in the May 2018 election, not a bond.


  1. What happens if the renewal levy does not pass?

Without levy funds the District’s annual operating budget would have to be cut by about 8 percent.  The School Board, in collaboration with District’ Administrators, would be required to identify what cuts and reductions have to be made to: educational programs, staff, activities and general maintenance programs, in order to balance the district’s budget.


  1. How will the levy renewal appear on the ballot?
    The legal language of the ballot question is as follows:


Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Crestline Exempted Village School District for the purpose of AVOIDING AN OPERATING DEFICIT in the sum of $759,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten mill limitations estimated by the county auditor to average 10 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $1.00 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of 5 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019?


This is the legal language required for an operating levy renewal. The school district’s revenue will not increase with approval of the operating levy renewal — it will maintain the existing funding at current levels. If the levy is not approved, the district’s funding would decrease. The proposed levy is not a new tax, it simply replaces the expiring levy.


Please contact Superintendent Noreen Mullens (mullens.noreen@crestlline.k12.oh.us) or Treasurer Alina Nemec (nemec.alina@crestline.k12.oh.us) with the subject line “LEVY QUESTION” for other details or questions regarding the upcoming renewal levy.


Download a pdf version here: Levy Q&A

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