Ed Richter, Dayton Daily News |
Voters in the Lebanon City School District will be asked May 4 to renew a 2.83-mill emergency operating levy for another five years.
This will be the third time that this levy has been considered by voters.
Jeremy Kelley, Dayton Daily News |
The May 4 election in Miami County includes three tax levies that mention school districts, but only one of the three is actually a school levy.
The Troy school district is seeking a five-year, no-increase renewal of their 5.8-mill property tax levy that pays for day-to-day operations.
Bennett Wise, WKEF/WRGT |
Three prior levies have all been voted down. This fourth attempt, if passed, would be for seven years and bring in $3.2 million for the BSS district. Expenditures for the BSS district have remained around $28 million over the last three school years. Only 26 percent of the school’s funding comes from the state.
Unofficial results show a levy for Gahanna-Jefferson schools passing by two votes: 14,097 to 14,095. The outcome could be affected by outstanding absentee and provisional ballots, and it could end up close enough to trigger a recount.
The 10.69-mill issue had three parts and was voted on as one package.
The measure was passing by 61% to 39% on Election Day, according to unofficial results. That includes about 99% of in-person voting, with absentee and early in-person voting partially counted. Vote numbers come to 73,287 to 46,421.
The measure is forecasted to raise about $87 million per year for the district.
Columbus Dispatch |
Just two votes out of more than 28,000 tallied in Tuesday’s election were tipping the scales in favor of Issue 22, with 14,097 of voters supporting it and 14,095 against it, according to unofficial results the Franklin County Board of Elections posted on its website at about 5 a.m.
(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.
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.
Cincinnati Enquirer |
If approved by voters on Tuesday, levies approved in 1968, 1969, 1977, 1978, 1988, 1996, 2001, 2005, and last April’s 9.96-mill levy would each be reduced by 0.01 mill.
Passage of all nine issues would decrease the district’s revenue by $76,827 annually and reduce taxes by $1.26 on a home valued at $100,000, said Shaun Bevan, district treasurer.
The Cleveland teachers’ union president filed a complaint with elections officials that said a mysterious group with support from at least one local real estate developer listed a false address on mailers to discourage voters against a property tax renewal and increase to benefit the city’s public school system.
Winton Woods leaders say the school district needs money to ramp up its operation to fit the population and new buildings. No building or construction is a part of this levy.
“So the levy is for salaries, it’s for textbooks, it’s for Chromebooks, it’s for the infrastructure, it’s for paying the utilities, those kinds of things that help run the school and run the organization,” said Anthony Smith, superintendent.