15 mill levy for Cleveland Metropolitan School District will appear on November ballot

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland school board voted unanimously to put a 15 mill levy on the November ballot Tuesday night.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon proposed the levy on July 18.  It's main purpose is to fund the Cleveland Plan for education reform. However, if it fails, another 700 to 800 teachers and staff will be cut, as the district goes into a $50 million deficit,

Cuyahoga County officials said the levy will generate $85 million a year, if 100 percent is collected. But Gordon said the collection rate is about 79 percent

The 15 mill levy will cost the owner of a $50,000 home $4.42 a week or 63 cents a day.  One mill is earmarked for partnering charter schools.

The last time Cleveland voters approved an operating levy for the school district was in 1996. Voters passed a bond issue in 2001 for building repairs. Levy attempts in 2004 and 2005 both failed.

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