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Youngstown City Schools board votes to place renewal levy on Nov. 3 ballot

The estimated $5.3 million levy is for emergency purposes for the schools for the next four years.
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[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the dollar amount of the previous levy that was approved in 2015.]

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City Schools board voted to place the renewal levy on the Nov. 3 ballot in a special meeting Wednesday.

The estimated $5.3 million levy is for emergency purposes for the schools for the next four years.

With the approval of the levy by Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meacham, the board approved the levy to be placed on the ballot on a 6-1 vote with board member Jack Adair dissenting.

The renewal levy was also $5.3 million when it was previously approved in 2015. The levy was also approved by votes in 2008 and 2012.

The current levy will expire at the end of the year. The deadline to put the levy on the ballot to the Mahoning County Board of Elections is on Aug. 5. Last week, the board voted to take the first steps to have the levy sent to Meacham.

Youngstown City Schools CEO Justin Jennings commended the school board for voting to place the levy on the November ballot.

“The levy is crucial to our operations and to the education of our scholars,” Youngstown City Schools CEO Justin Jennings said in a news release. “The board understands that, and I commend them for taking this step. I pledge to the board and to our taxpayers that we will continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

Youngstown Superintendent Joe Meranto also thanked the board for putting the levy on the ballot.

He said he will continue to work with Jennings and the board to make sure everyone is moving in the same direction for the school district.

“As a city resident and taxpayer myself, I appreciate the fact that we’re moving ahead,” Meranto said. “I think this shows a good side of unity.”

Ellen Wagner

About the Author: Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner reports on municipal services and budget cuts in Youngstown. She is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.
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