Southern Madison County will head to the polls in a special election Tuesday, Aug. 8, as Madison-Plains Local Schools asks for an Emergency Operating Levy.
The district is asking for an additional $2.05 million per year, for five years. According to an estimate by the county auditor, that would mean owners should expect an additional $0.5953 per $100 of value the property is worth. The levy is set to remain on for five years, start in 2017 and collect for the first time in 2018.
The school board said they voted to pursue the levy to avoid an incoming fiscal shortfall. According to the current financial forecast, the district will be at a negative balance of $1.28 million by 2020.
Supporters argue that the district cannot cut anything further after years of consolidation without firing more teachers and cutting programs, thus lowering the district’s standard of education.
Those opposing the measure argue that there are administrative positions that are unnecessary, whose responsibilities could be shifted to the superintendent and that pay raises should have not occurred.
The levy is on the ballot in Fairfield, Oak Run, Paint, Pleasant, Range, Stokes and Union Townships and in the villages of Midway, South Solon and Mount Sterling.
Eligible voters in each area can cast at the following polling locations:
• Fairfield Township, Fairfield Township House, 9100 Big Plain-Circleville Road
• Oak Run Township, Oak Run Township House, 7090 Gregg Mill Road
• Mount Sterling and Pleasant Township, Mt. Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St.
• Paint Township, Newport Fire Station, 6771 State Route 38 SW
• Midway and Range Township, Range Firehouse, 13715 Main St.
• South Solon and Stokes Township, South Solon Village Office, 7120 North St.
• Union Township, Union Township Building, 2250 State Route 56
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on election day.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.