A pro-levy project already has prompted a response from residents opposed to the levy.

A pro-levy project already has prompted a response from residents opposed to the levy.

Mary Medors and Susan Fulton of LevyFacts.com held up signs at the Jan. 23 board meeting that read, "I Heart Westerville. I just can't afford an increase in taxes."

Their signs are in response to supporters of Issue 10, who have launched a new campaign aimed at passing the Westerville City Schools' March levy request.

Members of the Our Community Our Schools group attended the school board meeting Jan. 23 to announce the "I Heart Westerville Schools" campaign.

OCOS is selling items with the logo - a play on the popular "I Heart New York" graphic - and plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of buttons, hats and T-shirts back to the district.

The fundraising effort is part of the group's efforts to help pass Issue 10. Information is available online at www.ourcommunityourschools.org.

District officials have said the 6.9-mill, five-year levy, if approved, is expected to raise $16.5 million per year and would cost property owners an additional $210 for every $100,000 of home valuation.

The school board on Jan. 23 approved $16.7 million in additional budget cuts, including all sports and extracurricular activities, changes to busing and eliminating more than 200 teaching and staff positions. The board also unanimously approved a ranked list of which programs and services the district would consider restoring first, should the levy pass.