Fairview Park School District Voters Renew Levy

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Fairview Park City school district administrators can breathe a little easier over the next decade after voters overwhelmingly approved Number 7, a nearly-dated operating levy renewal. 20 years old.

Election night vote totals were 5,024 (68.74%) in favor to 2,285 (31.26%) against, according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

“We are truly grateful to the community for their support of Number 7,” Superintendent Keith Ahearn said.

“This provides Fairview Park City schools with the financial stability for the next 10 years that will help us commit to our continuous improvement efforts. Hopefully it will deliver the value our stakeholders expect from us.

The $6.6 million operating tax, which currently brings in $2.69 million annually, or 10.7 percent of the district’s general operating expenses, supports salaries, benefits, l building maintenance, supplies, fuel, utilities and educational supplies.

“People understood the need and saw the impact failure to meet renewal would have on the five-year forecast,” Ahearn said. “They understood this was something that was critical to our stability as a district, and it wasn’t a new issue, new taxes.”

The other element of passing number 7 is that it converted the levy from a five-year term to a 10-year term.

“We moved it to 10 years to try to eliminate some of that voter fatigue, because explaining why a school district is on the ballot all the time can be complicated,” Ahearn said. “We have been on the ballot in 2016, 2020 and now we are in 2022.

“By pushing him to a 10-year term, we made it clear to people that it was about voter fatigue and not trying to avoid accountability for our performance.”

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