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Ohio school levy issues on the ballot Nov 2020

(Updated Wednesday, November 4th, 2020)

Tuesday’s 113 school-related issues are fewer than all but one November election dating back to 2003. In 2015 there were 109 school issues across Ohio, according to public election data compiled by the Ohio Education Policy Institute. 

As of Wednesday morning, it appears that approximately 67% of the 113 school issues in Ohio have passed according to tabulations from OSBA and Support Ohio Schools. For the most part, the issues are renewals of existing levies, rather than requests for new funding.

In Southwest Ohio, seven districts are on the ballot. Unofficial results below are from OSBA and Support Ohio Schools.

Brown County

Georgetown EV* – Tax Levy for general permanent improvements (1.5 mils for 5 years)passed

*Georgetown EV information from Brown County Board of Elections

Hamilton County

Cincinnati PublicRenewal Tax Levy for for emergency requirements (7.34 mils for 5 years)passed

Norwood CitySubstitute Tax Levy for necessary requirements (8.19 mils)passed

Winton Woods CityAdditional Tax Levy for current operating expenses (6.95 mils)failed

Warren County

Franklin CityBond Issue (37 years) to construct a new high school, renovate existing Franklin HS.passed

Little Miami Local Renewal Tax Levy to avoid an operating deficit (9.92 mils – 5 years)passed

Mason City Reduce 9 previous tax levies by 1 mil.failed


View unofficial results for all Ohio school districts as compiled by OSBA and Support Ohio Schools.



What is a mill? – The unit of value for expressing the rate of property taxes in Ohio is the “mill.” A mill is defined as one-tenth of a percent or one-tenth of a cent (0.1 cents) in cash terms. Millage is the factor applied to the assessed value of property to produce tax revenue.

General levy — A property tax used for any school district purpose but primarily for either operating expenses or permanent improvement funding.

Bond levy or bond issue — A property tax levy used to provide a school district with local revenue for construction purposes. The county auditor determines the rate of a bond levy needed each year to service the principal and interest owed on the amount of bonded debt approved by voters when they approved the bond levy. Bond levies remain in place until the debt (principal and interest) is fully paid, typically 20 or more years.

Emergency levy — A property tax that serves as a limited operating levy (maximum of 10 years) proposed for a specific dollar amount. Because the dollar amount of taxes charged by the levy must stay constant, the millage rate increases or decreases
as property values change. 

Renewal levy — Ohio law generally allows districts to ask voters to renew a limited levy when it expires. The levy must be for the same purpose and is renewed at the effective millage rate. A renewal, however, can be combined with additional millage.

Substitute levy — allows a school district to collect a small amount of increased property tax revenue from any new construction that occurs inside the district boundaries during each tax year.

Source: Ohio School Board Association


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