The Westerville Board of Education backed up a pre-election promise Monday by voting 4-0 to delay collecting additional dollars from Issue 16 -- if it passes -- until 2011.

The Westerville Board of Education backed up a pre-election promise Monday by voting 4-0 to delay collecting additional dollars from Issue 16 -- if it passes -- until 2011.

The issue on the May 5 ballot asks for the renewal of a 2.34-mill permanent capital improvements levy, with a 1.25-mill increase. According to treasurer Scott Gooding, the district is retiring 1.4 mills in 2011. The resolution passed Monday makes explicit the board's intention to not collect the additional millage until 2011.

Board member Kristi Robbins was absent from the meeting.

"This resolution is a tangible demonstration of the district's commitment to keeping its promise of no new taxes and no new millage upon the community's renewal of Issue 16," Superintendent Dan Good said.

He added that a copy of the resolution will be certified with the budget commissions of Franklin and Delaware counties.

The approved resolution states that the board "has determined not to levy the entire renewal levy for the first tax collection year" if the levy passes, and that the total millage to be assessed "will not exceed the combined millage amount currently in effect" for the current capital improvement levy and existing bond millage.

The board also approved a resolution Monday that creates a business advisory council.

Good said the council will probably include about 15 members from commercial and industrial organizations operating within the district, or within the area that provides the majority of employment for the district's citizens.

With the board's approval of the resolution, the exact size of the council and the guidelines governing it can be defined, he said.

"This will be a very important outreach mechanism for bringing in our community's input," board President Kevin Hoffman said.

Good said the council will be divided into three groups, each of which will focus on a specific area.

The first group will work with the district's Department of Community Relations to address emergency relocation of staff and students.

The second group will work with the Department of Administrative Services to study the district's master facilities plan and the third group will work with the Department of Academic Affairs to analyze the community-based learning, volunteerism and service-learning programs.

Good said specific members of the community will be asked to join the council and the district will solicit applications from others who may be interested.

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