Northmont and Union levies get thumbs up

NORTHMONT AREA — Two key local levies received voter approval March 15. Northmont City Schools operating expenses additional 5.9 mills levy passed by the slimmest of margins, 189 votes, with 6,149 voting for the levy (50.78 percent) while 5,960 voted against the levy (49.22 percent).

Without the operating levy Northmont officials projected that the district would have to cut $4 million more in teacher positions and programs, including busing. Northmont had already made more than $5 million in budget cuts including half a million dollars from its budget this year in anticipation of having to place an operating levy on the ballot in March.

School officials said that the district actually needs more funding than what the 5.9 mill levy would generate, but despite that need the board decided to approve a levy based on what they felt would pass. The levy will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 an additional $17 per month.

Voters also passed the City of Union’s replacement road levy during the March 15 primary election with 1,225 voting for the levy (59.29 percent) while 841 voted against (40.71 percent) the renewal, which will not increase taxes.

The road levy was originally passed in 1976.

Voters defeated the street levy renewal of 3 mills plus one additional mill on Nov. 3, 2015 by 92 votes with 981 voting against the levy and 889 for the levy. After that defeat city council voted to place a 3 mill renewal street levy without the additional mill on the March ballot.

By Ron Nunnari

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