The Reynoldsburg Board of Education agreed Aug. 19 to place a 6.9-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education agreed Aug. 19 to place a 6.9-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

According to information from the district, the levy, if approved, will cost property owners an additional $211.31 per year in taxes per $100,000 of home valuation.

The last operating levy approved for Reynoldsburg schools was for 5.9 mills in 1997.

"I have to stress this about the operating levy: The 6.9-mills is a recognition of the economic reality that this community is facing and, in fact, the state and country is facing," Superintendent Steve Dackin said. "We need more. The money we're asking for now -- and this is a conservative estimate -- is only going to take us to fiscal year 2011.

"The money we're asking for is designed to maintain current services and programs, " Dackin said. "We really could have used it a year or two ago, but we needed to stretch and complete our construction project."

-- David Owen