Rocky River school levy faces opposition - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Rocky River school levy faces opposition


Rocky River schools should sign a new contract with teachers before asking for more money, according to a members of a levy opposition group.

Issue 114 on the November ballot is a 4.9 mill levy for Rocky River schools that would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $300 a year.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Shoaf said the money is needed to maintain current programs and pay for building repairs.

But a group called We Are Simply Taxed Enough - W.A.S.T.E. - has surfaced in opposition to the levy. The district should negotiate a new contract with teachers next spring before considering a levy, said Charles Bartsche of W.A.S.T.E.

The district said workers have taken wage freezes and seen their health care costs triple. Money also is needed because state funding has been cut by $3.5 million.

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