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MARK:FIRST AT 10: BELLBROOK-

SUGARCREEK SCHOOL OFFICIALS

SAY DEEPER CUTS WILL BE MADE -

IF THEIR 5-POINT-7 MILL

OPERATING LEVY FAILS IN MARCH.

BROOKE:THE DISTRICT CHOSE TO

PUT A LEVY BACK ON THE

BALLOT-- AFTER A 7-POINT-5

MILL REPLACEMENT LEVY FAILED

IN MAY.

BROOKE:2 NEWS REPORTER KRISTEN

ESKOW IS LIVE IN SUGARCREEK

TOWNSHIP AFTER TALKING WITH

SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND VOTERS.

KRISTEN:MARK AND BROOKE

BELLBROOK-SUGARCREEK SCHOOL

OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE MADE 2-

POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS IN

BUDGET CUTS SINCE THE MAY LEVY

FAILED.THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE NEW

LEVY PASSES IN MARCH, FURTHER

CUTS WILL BE NECESSARY.

DOUG COZAD - SUPERINTENDENT,

BELLBROOK-SUGARCREEK LOCAL

SCHOOLS: "WE'RE IN 1.8 MILLION

DOLLARS IN THE RED - NOT NEXT

FISCAL YEAR, THE FISCAL YEAR

AFTER THAT."A PERFORMANCE

AUDIT FROM THE STATE AUDITOR'S

OFFICE SHOWS THAT DEFICIT

COULD GROW TO 11 MILLION

DOLLARS BY 2023 - IF NO NEW

LEVIES ARE PASSED. THE

DISTRICT IS ASKING VOTERS TO

PASS A 5-POINT-7 MILL

COTINUOUS OPERATING LEVY MARCH

17TH - WHICH WOULD FUND THE

SCHOOLS' DAY TO DAY

OPERATIONS. COZAD SAYS IT

WOULD GENERATE ROUGHLY 3-

POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS

ANNUALLY - AND WOULD COST

TAXPAYERS ABOUT 200 DOLLARS

PER YEAR - PER 100-THOUSAND

DOLLARS IN APPRAISED PROPERTY

VALUE.VOTERS REMAIN DIVIDED.

SARAH WILLIAMSON - A PARENT

WHO HAS VOLUNTEERED WITH THE

LEVY CAMPAIGN - SAYS SHE'S

CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THOSE

CUTS COULD MEAN FOR HER

CHILDREN.SARAH WILLIAMSON -

SUPPORTS LEVY: "IF THEY START

MAKING THOSE KINDS OF CUTS,

IT'S REALLY GOING TO IMPACT

OUR KIDS' EDUCATION. IT'S

GOING TO IMPACT EVERYTHING."

BUT OPPONENTS ARGUE TAXES HERE

ARE ALREADY TOO HIGH. JOHN

STAFFORD - WHO RUNS THE "VOTE

NO" CAMPAIGN - BELIEVES THERE

ARE OTHER WAYS THE DISTRICT

CAN OBTAIN THE MONEY IT NEEDS.

JOHN STAFFORD - RUNS "VOTE NO"

CAMPAIGN: "WE'RE NOT REALLY

TALKING ABOUT CUTS. WHAT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT DOING IS FOR

EVERY TEACHER THAT'S MAKING

$100,000, WE COULD HIRE TWO

TEACHERS AT 50. WE COULD

REDUCE OUR CLASS SIZES."

KRISTEN:THE COUNTY AUDITOR

ALSO TOOK QUESTIONS AT

TONIGHT'S MEETING.THE

SUPERINTENDENT SAYS ANOTHER

SIMILAR MEETING IS PLANNED FOR

FEBRUARY 17TH AT BELLBROOK

MIDDLE SCHOOL.LIVE IN

SUGARCREEK TOWNSHIP - KRISTEN

ESKOW, 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU.

BROOKE:FOR MORE ON THE LOCAL

ISSUES AND CANDIDATES ON THE

MARCH BALLOT, CLICK ON THE

"YOUR LOCAL ELECTION

HEADQUARTERS" TAB ON WDTN.COM.

MARK:NEW INFORMATION AS THE

STATE SUSPENDS THE LICENSE OF

A DAYTON DAYCARE CENTER.

MARK:OHIO JOBS AND FAMILY

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