Garfield Hts. Passes School Levy for First Time in 20 Years
After 20 years and five levy defeats voters in Garfield Heights decided to pass a school levy that will generate $9.4 million over the next five-years.
Voters passed the levy by a 51% to 49% margin; just 134 votes separated the outcome.
In January the school district implemented a series of changes to bridge their budget gap including eliminating programs like music, art, physical education and library. The district also shortened the school day to the state minimum of just 5.5 hours.
It is anticipated that the programs eliminated will be reinstated and the school day will be lengthened with the passage of the levy.
In Mayfield, residents also approved a levy by a somewhat narrow margin.
Voters passed a $5.9 million levy by a 53% to 47% tally.
The levy will raise a homeowner’s property taxes $180 a year for every $100,000 of value deemed on their property.
In Parma, a renewal levy was passed that did not result in a tax increase to voters. The renewal of an existing levy will provide over $8 million in revenue to the schools.