Buckeye prepping for election

DILLONVALE — Several seats on the Buckeye Board of Education and a tax levy are on the ballot for residents of the school district in the Nov. 7 election.

Several individuals are running for seats on the board of education, which makes decisions that affect the staff and students of the district and the community that supports it. The candidates include two current members of the board who are seeking to keep their seats — Naoma Kolkedy and board President Dirk Pielech. The others running for board seats are Gregory Glover, Issac Omaits, Brooke Stingle, Mason Boyce and Teresa George. There are three seats up for grabs on the board.

The district also has a tax levy on the ballot, following its attempt to pass a 4.9-mill levy for the purpose of upgrading buildings last fall.

This time, the ballot includes a levy for emergency requirements in the school district that aims to generate $1,900,000 and is in excess of the 10-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 4.9 mills for each $1 of property valuation. This means the levy, if approved, would cost property owners 49 cents for each $100 of property valuation. The measure would be in effect for 10 years, and the new tax would first be due in calendar year 2018.

In the June meeting where the board approved placing the levy on the ballot, members said they are optimistic voters will support the levy this time around, as the previous attempt failed by about a margin of 3 percent.

Early voting is already under way in the general election. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7.