Solon City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Solon City School District

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE SOLON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEIR STRATEGIC PLANNING FINANCE ACTION TEAM AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

City of Solon Ohio LogoWHEREAS, the Solon City School District has a tradition of excellence in education, becoming the highest performing school district in the State of Ohio’s history last year, and

WHEREAS, a quality school system is essential not only in the education of our children, but in making Solon a desirable place to reside and locate a business, and

WHEREAS, the State of Ohio proposes cutting $1,211,471 per year for 8-plus years and $319,299 for the next 4 years until a total of $11 million is taken from the Solon City School District, losing approximately 18% of their total operating budget, and

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has always been fiscally prudent, making $6 million in permanent reductions since 2005, and

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has always supported our local business community, an

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has formed a Strategic Planning Finance Action Team initiating a plan, generating awareness and campaigning against the state’s proposed budget cuts, and

WHEREAS, our Solon businesses face potential increased tax exposure because of the state’s budget proposal to shift an increasing burden to our local community, and

WHEREAS, Solon taxpayers currently fund more than 95% of the district’s operating expenses and this percentage will increase under the state budget proposal. These revenues should not be redistributed to other, lower performing districts.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by Council of the City of Solon, State of Ohio:

Section 1. The Mayor and Council of the City of Solon hereby declare their support for the Solon City School District and their opposition to the State of Ohio’s proposed budget cuts.

Section 2. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to forward a copy of this Resolution in support immediately upon passage and approval to the Board of the Solon City School District and the House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education.

Section 3. This Resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Solon by reason of immediate necessity to support the Solon City School District. Wherefore, provided this Ordinance receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of Council elected or appointed, it shall take effect immediately upon its passage and execution by the Mayor; otherwise, it shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

Passed: April 13, 2011

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