About the Levy
The proposed 5-year, 2.42-mill operational levy would provide $3.3 million per year to the District. These funds will be used to pay for the day-to-day operations expenses of the District in order to maintain the current level of services to students.
Purpose of the Levy
AWLS strives to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, while also providing the resources needed to ensure all students receive an outstanding education. As detailed in the approved Financial Recovery Plan, the District needs additional funding to ensure the preservation of the instructional programs, services and activities that students need to be successful - and keep our schools competitive with others across the state.
The District has been able to stretch its dollars to provide quality instruction and support services to students, but is now facing a few big financial challenges. Below is a brief summary:
With limited federal and state dollars coming into the District, Anthony Wayne Local Schools relies heavily on local funding sources for its day-to-day operations. There are also several factors affecting the District's local funding sources:
- A ~$270,000 reduction in funding from Fallen Timbers Mall
- Millions of dollars of unpaid Nexus Pipeline tax funding
- The end of the Covid-relief ESSER Funds
- It has been a decade since AW voters approved new operational funding for the District
Balancing the Budget
As the Financial Recovery Plan shows, the District must cut approximately $746,000 from the 2024-25 school year budget and $3,700,000 from the 2025-26 budget.