The Pickerington Local School District will ask for a levy in 2011, but it won't be in May.

The Pickerington Local School District will ask for a levy in 2011, but it won't be in May.

The board took initial steps Jan. 28 to place a 9.5-mill continuing levy before voters in May.

At a special meeting Jan. 31, members voted 3-2 to proceed with a May 3 levy that, if passed, would have generated approximately $10.14-million in new annual revenue for the district.

However, "no" votes by board President Lisa Reade and member Cathy Olshefski prevented the levy plan from receiving the "supermajority" of support needed to be on the May ballot.

In opposing the May levy, Reade repeated her belief that the board can place a levy on the August ballot that would be more suitable to the district's needs because members will have a better indication of how much funding will be granted to the schools in the state budget. She also is hopeful the district can reduce some expenses through contract negotiations with teachers this spring.

Now, Aug. 2 appears to be the likely target for a levy. The filing deadline for an August levy is May 4.

Each board member said during the Jan. 31 meeting the district must secure more revenue in order to balance its budget for the 2011-12 school year.

For more on this story, see the Feb. 3 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.