LWV to host spring forums on municipal, school financing

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce three forums on city and school finances this spring. Each forum will feature a panel discussion, followed by questions and answers.

The first forum, History and Trends, will feature David Miller, CWRU Mandel School associate professor and South Euclid City Council president, Bay Village City Finance Director Renee Mahoney, and Bay Village Schools Treasurer Kevin Robertson. The panelists will talk about the history and current state of funding for our schools and city, along with the near-term outlook. Please come Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30-9 p.m., in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road.

In the second forum, Trends and Options, Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland and Superintendent Clint Keener will pick up the theme of trends and discuss what their crystal balls reveal about the long-term big picture. Cutting services, raising revenue, and increasing efficiency are among the options to meet the challenges ahead. Join us on March 25, 7:30 p.m., again in Bay Middle School's cafeteria.

The third forum, Tax Abatements, will focus on one means to attract new businesses and housing. Robert Simons, CSU urban affairs professor, will discuss the theory of tax abatements and how they affect cities and schools differentially. Mayors Eileen Patton of Fairview Park and Dennis Clough of Westlake will discuss their cities' experiences with abatements. This final panel will be held April 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.03.2015