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Cloverleaf's five-year, 2-mill Permanent Improvement Levy is up for renewal on the March 17 ballot. This is NOT a new tax and will not increase property taxesThe PI levy pays for items with a life expectancy of five years or more, such as buses, student computers, textbooks and security upgrades. It does not pay for staff salaries. It's the first time Cloverleaf has been on the ballot since this very levy was last renewed in 2015.
 
 Cloverleaf uses the Permanent Improvement Levy to …
 
… Purchase school buses Click here to read Dr. Kubilus' weekly newspaper column and learn more
We maintain a 15-year rotation of our 36 school bus fleet. New buses cost more than $100,000 each.  
 
… Purchase computers and technology
All Cloverleaf students have access to computers beginning in kindergarten. We maintain a 2:1 student to computer ratio from grades K-7.  Beginning in 8th grade, each student is issued his or her own Chromebook that is used for their final five years of school.  
 
… Purchase safety upgrades and improvements for our school buildings
These include updated security cameras in all three buildings and new secure building entrances at the high school and middle school.
 
… Make good on promises to our taxpayers
When the school district was in fiscal emergency in 2014, we promised voters we wouldn’t go back on the ballot for new money until at least 2020 if the levy passed. The levy passed and the district is able to extend that promise at least four years past 2020. The PI levy enables us to not use general fund revenue for qualified capital expenditures that have a life expectancy of five years or more.
 
… Get free money from the state
This levy has been renewed every five years since 1985. As a result, 12.5 percent of the cost of this levy is paid for by the State of Ohio through the former state roll-back discount on owner-occupied houses.  Any levies passed after 2013 no longer qualify for this free money from the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Isn’t the Medina County sales tax specifically for permanent improvements?
 
Yes.  Cloverleaf receives money from the 0.5 percent county sales tax. In 2008, the decision was made to utilize that revenue to construct a new elementary school and close three elementary schools with a combined age of over 300 years. As a result, Cloverleaf was able to build the elementary school without our local taxpayers paying for a bond issue!

2. Why does Cloverleaf still need this PI levy now that the district is receiving NEXUS money?
 
The district hired a third-party survey company (Futuristics, Inc.) to conduct a statistically significant survey of our 10 townships/villages to understand how our community desires to utilize proceeds from NEXUS. The prevailing sentiment from the survey was that our community wants Cloverleaf to use the NEXUS money to construct a new high school and renovate the current high school into a middle school.  That is the district’s plan moving forward.  Although NEXUS has filed an appeal with the state to have its tax value reduced by 52.8 percent and we are still awaiting the results of that appeal, any money Cloverleaf receives beyond its construction obligation will be used to delay us from asking our taxpayers for NEW operating revenue.
 
3. With a future new high school and renovated middle school, will there still be a need for the PI levy going forward? 
 
The Board of Education has made a commitment to continually assess our need for revenue. The 52.8 percent NEXUS appeal would have a big impact on the amount of revenue we receive as a school district. Our primary financial goal is to delay having to ask our taxpayers for NEW revenue in the form of an operating levy for as long as possible. In the short-term, passing this PI levy as a renewal contributes to this goal.  For the long-term, the district is hoping to be in a financial position to provide some level of tax relief to its residents. That decision will be made as more information becomes available. 
 
4. How much will this levy renewal cost?

The short answer is: LESS than it did in 2015!

When Cloverleaf’s 2-mill PI levy was last renewed in 2015, it raised $980,000 per year for our school district. When the Medina County Auditor certified the PI renewal for the March 17 ballot, he determined the same 2 mills were going to collect $1.2 million annually! Why the increase? Although there would have been some increase due to the recent Medina County property re-appraisal, the bulk of the increase is due to the added property value brought into the district by the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station.

However, Cloverleaf has based its funding needs on the original $980,000 per year generated by the PI levy. To that end, the Board of Education approved a resolution instructing the auditor to collect only $980,000 from this levy, NOT $1.2 million. And because of the added property value in the district, every taxpayer’s share of that $980,000 will go DOWN.
 
Exactly how much less Cloverleaf property owners will pay has yet to be determined. Here’s why: NEXUS has asked the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals for a 52.8 percent reduction in the assessed value of its property. A decision could take several more months. Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, the fact remains that Cloverleaf taxpayers will pay less for the PI levy because of the NEXUS pipeline. 

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Voter Registration

Please click HERE to register to vote. The registration deadline for the March 17 election is Feb. 18.

Absentee Voting

Please click HERE to vote absentee by mail. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on March 14. 

Early In-Person Voting

You can vote early at the Medina County Board of Elections office from Feb. 19 through March 16 during the hours below:

 

Address:

3800 Stonegate Drive

Suite C

Medina, Ohio 44256


Monday-Friday

Feb. 19-28

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Monday-Friday

March 2-6

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Saturday

March 7

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Monday-Friday

March 9-13

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Saturday

March 14

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sunday

March 15

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Monday

March 16

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election Day Voting

Election Day is Tuesday, March 17. Voting is at your local polling place only. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 

Questions?

Call the Board of Elections: 330-722-9278

Or visit: https://www.boe.ohio.gov/medina/

 

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