Ravenna officials to discuss budget

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Ravenna school and city officials plan to hold a joint meeting soon to discuss ways to resolve some city financial issues, according to a press release issued Monday by the Ravenna School District. Superintendent Phil Warner said while he empathizes with the city's financial situation, he is uncertain about the role the school district might play, if any, in assisting the city. The city is attempting to generate and reallocate funds after voters failed to approve a 1.29-mill levy that would have generated $191,336 annually to maintain and improve Maple Grove Cemetery on N. Chestnut St. in Ravenna. "Since the time I became superintendent here, I've felt that city officials have supported the school system, and I want to continue a healthy relationship with them," Warner said in the release. Mayor Paul Jones reiterated that sentiment, saying the school system and the city have worked very closely together in the past, according to the release. "Generally, we've had a good rapport in an attempt to progressively move the school system and the community forward," Jones said in the release. "We have agreed that the city provides police services annually to the school district and the superintendent, and I have discussed the possibility of getting together with board members and city members to see if we can creatively find a way to best afford these services. "I appreciate the willingness on the part of the superintendent and school board to study this matter," he added. The city recently finished a 42-page report outlining a financial plan to save and generate money for the city's general fund. It was suggested in that report that the city renew its request for financial help from the school district.

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