We now know what size Akron Public Schools levy could end up on the November ballot.
As 84 teachers were officially cut in the district's round of 2012 budget cuts on Monday night, board members got from district treasurer Jack Pierson a possible range of millage requests and budget cuts to keep the budget in positive numbers.
"A range of millage amounts between 7 and a half, and 8 and a half," school board president Jason Haas tells AkronNewsNow.com, "to give us an idea of what the balance would be between reductions that we have to continue to make, and also new revenue, and what that would look like in Fiscal '16."
The levy would, in any event, be larger than the 5.5 mill request narrowly defeated by voters last November...even to get the same money the levy would have raised last year, due to property evaluations, the district would have to add a half-mill.
The Akron district actually ended up with a $6.2 million positive balance out of Fiscal Year 2012.
But budget gaps in the future would mean even a levy of 8.5 mills would require a few million dollars in cuts through the 2016 fiscal year. A 7.5 mill levy would require some $10 million in cuts in that same period.
The board is expected to vote on a levy millage amount at its next meeting, and would need two special meetings by early August to put a levy on the November 2012 ballot.
The number of teachers cut was reduced to some degree by the increased number of teachers taking the district's early retirement incentive.
But as 84 teachers were dismissed Monday night, a piece of news from Columbus stuck with board vice president Lisa Mansfield.
Mansfield notes that the state socked away more money in its rainy day fund...a comparison that upset her...
"The governor's office announced this week that they've added another $235 million to the state's rainy day fund...and that aggravates me very much," Mansfield tells AkronNewsNow.com. "I think that they are pretending that it's not raining in Columbus when it's raining here in Akron."
Mansfield says that local government cuts have been extreme, including cuts to municipalities and schools.
But she says money is being kept in Columbus...including money from Akron taxpayers.