Issue 5 necessary for school, community success

Westlake City School District has a 1.0 mill Permanent Improvement Levy (PI), Issue 5, on the May 5 ballot. A PI Levy raises funds for capital usage only. PI monies will be spent on items such as:

  • Buildings & Furnishings – Fixed Equipment: roofs, windows, masonry, plumbing, electrical, furniture, security cameras, security and access systems, etc.
  • Site Development: asphalt, concrete, landscaping, drainage, field repairs and upkeep, security fencing, lighting.
  • Technology Improvements: computers, wireless access, switches, printers, projectors, servers, etc.

PI monies cannot be spent on salaries or benefits. Issue 5 will allow the Westlake community to protect its investment in the new schools as well as maintain aging elementary schools. Westlake residents understand the importance of maintaining their property. Issue 5 is good business for the schools and our Westlake residents.  

Issue 5 will cost taxpayers $35 per $100,000 home valuation. The average homeowner will pay approximately $80/year. Westlake will remain the third lowest in school taxes in Cuyahoga County even with the passage of Issue 5.

I ask for you to vote FOR Issue 5 by absentee ballot or at the polls on May 5. I urge you to obtain information regarding the schools and the PI from credible sources, not anonymous letters or emails. The facts can be found at or

Cris Kennedy

Chair, Citizens for Westlake Schools

Cristina Kennedy

15 year resident of Westlake.  Chairperson of Citizens for Westlake Schools.

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