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High-Stakes Day for Cleveland: District CEO Warns of Drastic Cuts If $23M Tax Hike Fails

The 74 Million |

Voter approval would add $23 million a year to the district’s budget to cover normal cost increases and continued computer and internet access for students.

But because of a risk CEO Eric Gordon and the school board took this summer, when they combined the increase with the needed renewal of an existing tax, a loss could cost the district $67 million a year.

That would slash 12 percent of the operating budget and could force drastic cuts, such as closing 25 of the district’s 100 schools, according to a contingency plan filed with the state. Sports and arts programs could be axed, along with administrators at schools and the central office.