Voter approval of a 6.56-mill renewal levy would not only continue to generate $2.6 million annually in local taxes but also $1.3 million the district receives from the State of Ohio as reimbursement for the 2005 elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax.

Voter approval of a 6.56-mill renewal levy would not only continue to generate $2.6 million annually in local taxes but also $1.3 million the district receives from the State of Ohio as reimbursement for the 2005 elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax.

Because the 6.56-mill levy was passed originally in 1989 - the five-year tax issue has since passed in 1994, 1999 and 2004 - it is reimbursed for lost Tangible Personal Property Tax it would generate had that tax not been eliminated.

Should the levy not pass, it would be "a double whammy," in the words of Superintendent Larry Zimmerman. "We want to continue to take full advantage of this part of the tax code," he said. "That levy generated dollars and the state reimburses us. We would have to pass additional millage to recoup those dollars if it went away."

Board of Education president Jeff Mabee noted that all of the district's levies currently being collected are tied to the reimbursement for the loss of Tangible Personal Property Tax except the new 4-mill operating levy passed last November.

"It's kind of a microcosm of what that (2005 tax code) legislation did to our district," Mabee said. "Let's not give back that $1.3 million."

Because the levy is a renewal, Zimmerman said, it means no new taxes.

Originally passed at 6.56 mills, the levy is currently being collected at 3.02 mills, the result of Ohio's tax rollback law. The cost is approximately $8 per $100,000 of property valuation.

Board members know they face making budget cuts should the levy not pass. Board members have chosen not to delineate specific cuts as they did last year, rather opting, in Mabee's words, to "focus on maintaining excellent schools and not losing additional state dollars."

He added that, should the district lose the $3.9 million in revenue, the areas that would see cuts are "the same areas we talked about at this time last year."