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Cleveland Hill School District residents to see small drop in property taxes

Cleveland Hill School District residents won’t see a cut in services in the 2015-16 budget and should expect to see a small drop in property taxes.

District Business Manager Dennis Corsaro said the $31,028,241 spending plan features a 1 percent drop in the tax levy, the portion of the budget that is paid through local taxes.

Spending in the budget will rise by $385,400, allowing the district to maintain the status quo while adding a few positions in the Buildings and Grounds Department.

Other additions to the budget include one special education teacher’s assistant and part-time speech teacher.

“As we mentioned in previous budget presentations, this budget contains all the same programming and staffing as it did a year ago,” said Corsaro, who noted that the district could have hiked the tax levy up to 2.64 percent under the tax cap. “But we chose to decrease the levy.”

The School Board approved the budget at its previous meeting, and presented it to the public Wednesday night.

Board President Robert Polino praised the district’s administrators for their work.

“It’s a long and drawn-out process that’s been tedious over the years,” Polino said. “We are very fortunate here at Cleveland Hill with our business department and administration for bringing to the table sustainable and well-developed plans.”

Residents go to the polls on May 19 to vote on the budget.

The board also took a step toward the district’s next capital project, which Superintendent Jon MacSwan said is expected to be “largely mechanical.” Trustees authorized spending up to $100,000 for Young & Wright Architectural to perform an environmental impact study on the project.

According to MacSwan, the project will likely focus on upgrading boilers and secondary cooling and heating units.