Facts About the May 2, 2017 Levy

A message from Dr. Shoaf...              

The Rocky River Board of Education is asking voters to approve a 4.9 mill levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot.  The last levy passed in November 2012 so, while our district traditionally has a levy every three years, the District actually stretched the last levy by two additional years.  Over 82% of our district’s revenues are generated from local sources. 

The Board of Education takes stewardship of tax dollars very seriously.  In the last five years, the administration implemented cost-saving measures like consortium purchasing, establishing cost-sharing partnerships, applying for grants from government and nonprofit organizations and refinancing bonds, all in an effort to maximize taxpayer investment in our schools. 

The Board is seeking this levy to maintain current programs and further educational opportunities for all students. Consistent with the District’s Mission, this levy will allow the Rocky River City School District to continue to offer high quality education and provide exceptional opportunities to all students, while expanding existing programs and adding new programs that will prepare our children for success in the 21st century, regardless of their academic or career interests.

The 4.9 mill May 2 levy is 4.4 mills for operating expenses and 0.5 mill for permanent improvements (PI).  The operating funds will provide funding for daily operating expenses and educational materials.  The 0.5 mill permanent improvements will be dedicated to maintenance, repairs and improvements of our school buildings.

The Board of Education timed this levy request to coincide with a “drop off” of a bond issue to minimize the cost to our taxpayers.   The net cost of this issue, with the drop off factored in, is about $7.85 per month per $100,000 in valuation.  

We invite you to The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club hosted annual Superintendent’s State of the Schools on February 27, 2017 at 12 PM at the Civic Center.  Please join us for an update on our schools, our achievements and our needs. Lunch is available for $13, payable to the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club by cash or check at the door.  Reservations are required for the event so please make your reservation online here or by calling 356-6715 by Thursday, February 16.

We also invite you to a Levy Information Night for residents on March 13, 2017 at 7 PM at the Rocky River Public Library. 

If you would like to register to vote or apply to vote by mail, please visit

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 356-6715, or by email at [email protected].  


Michael G. Shoaf, Ed.D.



When will the levy be on the ballot?

May 2, 2017

When will the levy show on my tax bill?

January, 2018

How many mills will the levy be?

The levy is 4.9 mills, with 4.4 mills to be used for operating expenses and 0.5 mill to be used for permanent improvements (PI).

How much will this levy cost me?

The Board of Education timed this levy request to coincide with a “drop off” of a bond issue to minimize the cost to our taxpayers. The net cost of this issue, with the drop off factored in, is about $7.85 per month per $100,000 in valuation. 

What is the difference between Operating Expenses and Permanent Improvements?

Operating expenses are the day to day costs of running a school district such as textbooks, classroom supplies, salaries and benefits for personnel, utilities and repairs.

Permanent improvements to school property and assets are generally considered to be items lasting for five years or more, including major improvements to buildings and grounds. The proceeds from a permanent improvement levy can not be used for a district's current operating expenses.

What has the District done to save money?

The District aggressively works to contain costs. The District participates in consortium/group purchasing for healthcare, utilities, food, equipment and materials. Our partnership with the City of Rocky River includes funding for the artificial turf field, gasoline purchasing and facility usage (ice rink, tennis courts).

When was the last levy?

In 2012, voters passed a 4.9 mill operating levy. Although the District’s traditional levy cycle is three years, the District was able to extend this to five years.