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Levy Information

Levy Information – Issue #34

Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The 8.29 mill emergency levy is a renewal – NOT A NEW TAX

Due to legislative changes, renewal levies are the only levies under which taxpayers can continue to benefit from the 12.5% rollback tax reimbursement. A “rollback” means that the State of Ohio pays the District 12.5% of the property tax owed for owner occupied property (10% for residential rental property). This simply means that for each $1000 of property tax owed on the home and land each year, the taxpayer is paying $875. The state pays the remaining $125 in property tax owed (instead of the property owner paying it) to our District. In the Ohio biennial budget of 2014-15 the state legislature and governor acted to only continue paying this rollback on property tax levies that continue to be renewed. On any future new levies, the owner will pay the entire property tax assessment. In the example above, that would be the whole $1000 if there was no rollback! The Southeast Local School District has placed a renewal of its emergency levy on the November 7th ballot. The mills are 8.29 and it is not a new tax. The rollback tax break will continue when this renewal is approved by our voters. If this levy would expire, any potential new levy to replace the lost funding would not receive the rollback tax break.

 Frequently Asked Questions:                                                                                                                                                            Q – What is the term of this levy?

A – 10 years

Q – How did the board determine the number of years for the levy?

A – They wanted to ensure and protect the 12.5% rollback reimbursement for the taxpayers in our District for 10 additional years.

Q – Don’t all levies benefit from the “rollback”?

A – No, only renewal levies will continue to benefit from the 12.5% tax reimbursement.  

Q – What is the planned use for the money generated from the levy?

A – This renewal will continue to provide technology, curricular enhancements, online learning opportunities, busses, facility upgrades, and safety improvements for our schools. It will also secure Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes which allow our students to receive college credits without leaving our campus. In the face of state funding cuts, it is imperative that we continue the current funding levels to maintain and improve, where possible, the current levels of programming in our schools.


The Southeast property owner continues to have the lowest school tax rate in Portage County:

District                                    Total Gross Millage

Southeast                                   39.28

Crestwood                                             51.65

Windham                                              53.25

Field                                                      55.00

Waterloo                                               59.09

James A. Garfield                                 65.07

Ravenna                                                65.91

Rootstown                                             67.36

Streetsboro                                            68.06

Kent                                                       110.92                                  


Voter Registration: Deadline to register or submit a change of address: October 10 (forms available at the Board Office)

Online registration available at - must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License to use this option.

Levy Information Meeting: Monday, October 16 (7:00 p.m. at SHS Library)


Press Release - Lead in Water

Southeast Local Schools Finds Lead in Drinking Water Distribution System

In recent test results, the Southeast High School has detected lead in levels exceeding the federal/state action level from 9/19/17 through 9/29/2017. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.

Our 90th percentile (90 percent of sample results below this value) for lead was 16 micrograms per liter (µg/L). When the 90th percentile for lead sample results exceeds 15 µg/L, the Southeast Local School is triggered to take action to correct the exceedance. The Southeast Local School had 3 sample results out of 20 collected that exceeded 15 µg/L. Southeast High School has taken 20 lead samples although only 10 samples were required for testing this monitoring period. The Southeast High School is taking the taps out of service and replacing them. There will be public education and future testing of the water at Southeast High School.

Lead typically enters the water primarily as a result of corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and household plumbing.

There are steps the public can take to reduce their lead exposure, which include running the water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, until it is noticeably colder before using it to flush out the lead and using only cold water to drink or prepare baby formula. For more information on the health effects of lead, visit U.S. EPA's website at:

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