Lumberjack Levy

Levies in years past have directly related to the amount of AP classes the school can offer as well as other opportunities the district provides for students and the community. “Levies have always been very important to the schools,” Philo said. Because this importance is recognized by many, the district thrives from the increasing property taxes.

Levies in years past have directly related to the amount of AP classes the school can offer as well as other opportunities the district provides for students and the community. “Levies have always been very important to the schools,” Philo said. Because this importance is recognized by many, the district thrives from the increasing property taxes.

The school levy was passed in the most recent election for the City of Oakwood which addressed the financial stability of the district.

In a time where many schools are forced to cut copious programs due to Ohio’s decreased funding, Oakwood has been able to pass the school levy. This is not only to ensure financial stability for the district, it is also important for the security of courses and clubs in the schools.

“We are very fortunate that the community recognizes the need for strong schools and programs,” Kevin Philo, treasurer, said.

Due to cuts made by Ohio two years ago, there has been less funding from the state, thus the second means of funding is more necessary for the district to thrive. The other method of funding revenue is property taxes, which are increased by levies.

Such levies greatly affect the curriculum, clubs, salaries of the administration and faculty in the schools and finally yet most notably, the community.The levy directly affects the schools as well as other aspects in the community as a whole.

“Everything done at the schools is affected by the administration, this is directly related to the funding put into the schools,” Philo said.

Property taxes are increased through a school levy every three years because that is about how long they are timely and useful. If a levy does not pass when scheduled to, a larger levy is put on the ballot for the next year. It could also be necessary for the Board to have to reevaluate programs in the district.

“When the levy passes it allows us to continue and maintain current academic programs in the school,” Paul Waller said.

Although this is valuable to students and the community, it is also argued that some measures on the increase of property taxes are unnecessary, especially compared to other districts in tighter financial situations.

“I think that we don’t need it, there are schools worse off without a levy and they are fine,” Alex F. (11) said.

In addition to this argument, other students believe that property taxes should not be raised due to things that can be funded by other means.

“I’m all for the club and I support them but programs like that should also be able to support themselves to an extent,” Brett W. (10) said.

Despite different opinions on the levy and whether it should be passed or not, the value of the school is widespread through the community as a whole, proven by the repeated success of levies in the past.

By Sarah Penix

penix.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

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