Crowd gathers at Bellbrook schools meeting over levy 

Published: Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Crowd attends Bellbrook-Sugarcreek levy forum

It was a standing-room only Thursday night in Bellbrook at a Board of Education Meeting as discussions continued on a school levy.

“I think emotions have run a little off the rails,” said realtor Greg Blatt Thursday night.

The replacement levy, if passed, would cost property owners an additional $211 annually per $100,000 appraised value of property, the Greene County Auditor’s Office said.

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“I’m all for good schools” Blatt said. “I think it’s important. But there comes a time when funding schools needs some fiscal responsibility.”

Others voiced their support of the levy.

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“If we don’t follow through on this levy, the school district is going to slide,” said Aaron Fromm, a history teacher who also has children in the district.

The levy will appear on the May 7 primary ballot.

Superintendent Doug Cozad has said the district was already able to trim approximately $500,000 from the budget this past summer and had hoped to avoid going to voters to ask for additional funds.