Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, October 9th) Dover, Ohio – The Dover City School District is discussing options in the event an operating levy is not approved by voters.

The 8.9 mill ballot issue was placed in the general election to preserve and maintain student programs.

Dover Superintendent Carla Birney says that the last operating levy was passed in 2008 and they have stretched the funding to last 10-years.

If passed, the five-year levy on the November 6th ballot would generate about $3.3 million; however, if opposed, the district will have to make changes in order to maintain a balanced budget, such as reconfiguring the elementary buildings and increasing classes to 25 – 30 students per class, eliminating up to 10 teaching positions, and requiring a participation fee for sports and activities.

She explains that the district is losing funding due to the loss of the Tangible Personal Property Tax (TPP) which makes up 15% of the general fund budget, and in 2019, the School District anticipates collections to be less than $100,000.

“Dover Schools operates financially efficient and we are looking to our taxpayers to help us recuperate about a $3 million loss and the additional operating [levy] is to help fill that void.”

Today is the final day to register for the General Election and for more information on the Dover ballot issue, go to www.dovertornadoes.com.

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