School levy, board, ward council elections on Springboro ballots

Voters in the Springboro school district will be casting ballots on a proposed substitute levy and elect three of five school board members in the Nov. 7 election.

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Also in Springboro, voters in Ward 1 alone will have a choice for their council member.

The incumbents are unopposed in the other wards up for election.

School Board

Theresa Schneider, an accounting manager, is the only challenger for three seats on the Springboro Community City Schools Board of Education up for election. She is running for one of the three seats held by Charles Anderson, Daniel Gudz and Dave Stuckey, who are running on a slate.

Anderson, a funeral home owner running for his third term, and Stuckey, a retired teacher and coach seeking his second term, are seeking reelection, while Gudz is up for election for the first time after his appointment, replacing Darin Lunt, who resigned earlier this year.

Gudz, Stuckey and Anderson are running together.

Unlike the three sitting board members, Schneider opposes the proposed substitute levy.

“I cannot support the effort to change a renewable levy to one that continues forever without the need for voter oversight and approval,” she said.

Gudz, a vice president of finance, countered that "making it a continuing levy provides financial stability to the district going forward," a view also supported by Stuckey and Anderson.

Substitute Levy

Issue 18 on the Nov. 7 ballot is a continuing substitute 7.4-mill levy projected to raise more than $7.9 million for the Springboro school district expenses, if approved.

Voters here have rejected five consecutive levies for new money, but approved a renewal with a reduced levy in 2013.

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This is the first levy try under Superintendent Dan Schroer.

School officials in districts like Springboro trying to find a way to keep up with growing student populations and the costs of providing a public education are turning more to substitute levies, added in Ohio in 2008.

People already paying property taxes on emergency levies like the one that would be replaced by the substitute levy shouldn’t see their bills go up after passage of the substitute measure.

Unlike other levies, substitutes enable districts to collect full taxes on residential and commercial properties improved after passage, unless they are exempted through tax abatements or other incentives.

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Ward 1 City Council

Within city limits, only voters in Ward 1, on the city’s northwest side, need to cast ballots for Councilwoman Janie Ridd or Gary Hruska, a former councilmember contesting her election.

Ridd, a former planning commission member for 30 years, was appointed about three years ago to replace Lisa Kerschner who resigned.

"My broad and lengthy experience has given me the ability to make decisions that will continue moving us forward in building a strong and financially sound legacy," Ridd said in a response in the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide.

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Two years ago, Hruska, a lawyer with 14 years on the city council, lost his at-large seat to Stephen Harding and Becky Iverson in a three-person race for two seats.

“If reelected, I will continue to work hard to keep Springboro the great community that I helped to build,” Hruska said in the voters guide.

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