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Medina school budget keeps existing programs, doesn’t increase taxes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 April 2015 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – The Board of Education approved a $34,802,870 budget on Tuesday evening that won’t increase taxes.

The budget goes before district residents for a vote from noon to 8 p.m. on May 19 at the District Office board room next to Medina High School.

The budget maintains existing programming and will increase enrichment offerings in the elementary and middle school. Board of Education President Chris Keller said the district has worked in recent years to restore some of the cuts made about five years ago.

Keller said the district is in solid financial shape for the coming years, as long as the state doesn’t chop education funding like it did about five years ago, forcing Medina and many other districts to cut staff and programs.

The Medina budget will keep the tax levy at $8,863,394, the same as in 2014-15. Total expenses will be up 0.94 percent or by $324,876 to $34,802,870.

However, the budget includes vehicles purchases, which used to be a separate proposition. Taking those out of the regular budget would show a $25,124 decrease compared to the 2014-15 budget, said David Boyle, the district’s interim business administrator.