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Community Gears Up For Another Levy Battle

Lines are being drawn again in the South-Western City School District, where supporters say a levy proposal must pass in order to starve off an additional $34 million in cuts.

Supporters of another levy proposal in the South-Western City School District used the weekendto begin preparations for their campaign push.

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at a church where Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordrayspoke, urging residents to vote in favor of a 7.4 mill levy in November, 10TV's BrittanyWestbrook reported.

"We have four crucial weeks before now and Election Day to get this done," Cordray said.

Athletics and extracurricular activities were among the cuts made by the district after anotherlevy failed earlier this year.
The district said an additional $34 million will have to be from the budget over thenext two years if the proposal fails in November, 10TV News reported.

While the threat of more cuts looms, there remains a strong opposition in the community to anyplan that raises taxes.

Terry Jones, with the group Southwestern Alternative To Taxes, said homeowners need a voice inany levy decision.

"We want community representation in the decision policies of the district," Jones said. "We want community representation in contract negotiations and we want the tax policy to be fairfor everybody.  The property tax on homeowners is not a fair tax."

If the levy in November passes, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $227 a yearin taxes, 10TV News reported.

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Previous Stories:

August 14, 2009: Levy Critics UpsetAt Past Raises
August 13, 2009: South-WesternSchools To Seek Levy Again
August 11, 2009: TempersFlare At School Board Meeting
August 6, 2009: LevyFailure May Impact Home Sales
August 5, 2009: InWake Of Levy Defeat, Students Ponder What's Next