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2020 Issues Forum

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2020 Issues Forum

Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cuyahoga County Public Library Levies

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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"Because we have 5 million visitors a year, we have 10 million eyes on us. We are always responsive and respectful toward how they think we are doing." – Tracy Strobel

The November ballot will contain two proposed levy measures: Issue 68, a 15-mill levy renewal with a 5-mill increase for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and Issue 70, a permanent 1-mill tax increase to support the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL).

The CMSD levy will cover operating expenses for 10 years. Supporters say that approval would help CMSD continue progress made under The Cleveland Plan and pay for needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters first passed the levy in 2012 and renewed it four years ago, both times by comfortable margins. If the levy is not renewed, the current one will expire in December and result in cuts to staff and programs.

CCPL's tax increase would add to the continuing 2.5 mill levy that funds 70 percent of the library’s operations. Supporters point to CCPL's ranking as America’s top-rated library system for the last 10 years by Library Journal. Additionally, they note that CCPL has the lowest millage of any of the nine county libraries. If the levy fails, CCPL plans to reduce hours, defer maintenance, and eliminate other services.

While there is no organized opposition to either levy, it should be noted that the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) chose not to support the current CCPL levy request because it is permanent. It does support the CMSD levy.

Join us as leaders from both organizations explain the respective levies and what their passage or failure would mean for staff, constituents, and the community.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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