Marysville News

School board seeks 6.56-mill renewal levy Nov. 5


The Marysville Board of Education met in special session Aug. 6 in order to meet the Aug. 7 filing deadline for placing a 6.56-mill renewal levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The levy began in 2010 and runs through 2014. It is currently collecting at 3.5661 mills and brings in $3.3 million annually.

Board members stressed that the renewal will not increase property owners' taxes. The levy costs $109.21 a year per $100,000 of home valuation.

Part of the discussion focused on the best time to put the 6.56-mill renewal levy on the ballot. Members' concerns included levy fatigue on the part of voters and getting a campaign committee in place quickly.

"It's probably a good time to go," board President Jeff Mabee said. "My worry is the logistics to get it done. It still has to be done the right way."

Board Vice President Sue Devine said she wants to make sure a committee is in place to handle the campaign.

If the levy is not passed in November, the district would still have time in 2014 to gain voter approval before it expires.


School board candidates

In other school board news, four people filed petitions with the Union County Board of Elections by the Aug. 7 deadline, seeking election to three open seats on the board in November.

President Jeff Mabee is seeking re-election. Others who filed are Brian Luke, Ed Pleasant and Dick Smith.

Mabee has served on the school board for eight years and has been president of the board for the last six years.

Luke has taught music at all levels in both public and private schools, and taught philosophy for eight years at the University of Dayton. He is the director of worship arts at First United Methodist in Marysville.

Pleasant's public service background includes six years on Marysville City Council. He is a retired educator who was principal at both Marysville and Fairbanks high schools. He is currently chairman of the city's Charter Review Board.

Smith has served twice on the Marysville Charter Review Commission, been chairman of the Marysville Planning Commission and currently serves on the West Central Community Correctional Facility Board and as treasurer of Family Matters, a 503c organization which supports the Union County Juvenile Court.

The Union County Board of Elections will meet at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 to certify candidate petitions.