Group Collecting Signatures To Repeal Westerville Schools Levy


A nonprofit organization announced Monday that it was working to repeal the Westerville City Schools levy voters approved earlier this year.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law was working with a group of residents to repeal the 6.7-mill levy, which 51 percent of voters approved March 6, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported.

District officials said at the time of the election that the levy would generate $16.5 million annually and cost taxpayers more than $200 each year per $100,000 of assessed home valuation.

The group said for the measure to appear on the November ballot, volunteers would need to submit 3,911 valid signatures to the Franklin and Delaware boards of elections by Aug. 9.

“We’re just representing the citizens of Westerville,” 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s Maurice Thompsons said. “They came to us. They wanted our help. These are Westerville taxpayers.”

Thompson said volunteers were already working to collect the signatures.

“This project is going to be a statewide project, and we’re going to help taxpayers across the state, who’ve been aggrieved by this exact issue, where they’ve said ‘no’ over and over again, and their school districts try to sneak one by them with a special election,” Thompson said.

Levy chair Rick Bannister said that there was nothing sneaky about the levy and nothing illegitimate about its results, McEntyre reported.

“I can tell you, as levy chair, we would’ve never picked a Republican primary to put a school levy in, but we did that, and we had over two-thirds of the community, registered voters turn out,” Bannister said.

Bannister said that the levy included $6 million in cuts, resulting in the loss of 32 teachers.

“As the community has always done, I’m sure we’re going to back our schools,” Bannister said.

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