Southwest Ohio voters asked to support more than a dozen school levies in November election

CINCINNATI -- Southwest Ohio voters will once again decide the fate of proposed school improvement projects and expenses in their local school districts this November, as more than a dozen school tax levies and bond issues are included on area ballots. 

Early voting began on Oct. 1. The general election is Nov. 5.

To see WCPO's related Elections 2013 stories, please go to our Elections Page.

A breakdown of the local school levies: 

BUTLER CO. 

Lakota Local Schools 

A 5.5 mill combination levy, which would increase district funding by $13.8 million annually, if passed.

The levy combines 2.0 mills, or $5 million, for permanent improvements and 3.5 mills, or $8.5 million, for operations.

The proposed permanent improvements include safety and security measures, technology enhancements, and facility upkeep and maintenance on the district’s 25 school buildings and grounds. Operational changes include a reduction to extra curricular participation fees and additional bussing.

If passed, it will cost each taxpayer an additional $192 annually per $100,000 value of their home.

Fairfield City Schools

A 2.62 mill bond issue, broken into two parts.

The first 2.12 mills is to pay the local share of a co-funded building project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build three new schools. The total cost of the project is $80.3 million, with the state paying $19 million, if passed, leaving $61.3 million to local taxpayers.

The state requires that an additional 0.5-mill permanent improvement levy be included in the project to provide maintenance of the new buildings.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $91.70 in taxes annually.

Middletown City Schools

A $55 million bond issue, broken into two parts:  a 3.95-mill bond issue and 0.26-mill permanent improvement levy.

The first 3.95 mills would pay the local share of a co-funded building project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a new middle school and renovate a high school. The total cost of the project is $95 million, but the state would pay $40 million, leaving $55 million to local taxpayers.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay and additional $147.36 in taxes each year.

 

WARREN CO. 

Franklin City School District 

A 7.92 mill continuing levy, which would generate almost $3.1 million for the school district’s general operating fund.

If passed, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $277 a year in taxes. 

Lebanon City Schools          

A $27.4 million dollar bond issue, broken into two parts: a 1.87-mill bond issue and a 0.5-mill permanent improvement levy.

The first 1.87 mills is to pay the local share of a co-funded building project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The total cost of the project is $72.5 million. The state would pay $45.1 million of the cost, leaving $27.4 million to taxpayers.

The state requires that an additional 0.5-mill permanent improvement levy be included in the project to provide maintenance of the new facilities.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $65.45 in taxes each year.

Springboro Community City Schools 

Renewal of the current operating levy that expires at the end of 2013. The new levy would reduce taxes, as it asks for 15 percent less than the levy it replaces.

The 8.78 mill. levy will generate $7.9 million each year for five years, for school operations, including transportation, maintenance and upgrades to technology and curriculum.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $307.30 in taxes a year.

Wayne Local Schools

Voters are asked to convert a five-year 14.05 mill. emergency levy passed in 2009 to a continuing levy. It would continue to raise $3.3 million annually, or 25 percent of the school’s general operating fund, and would not increase taxes.

The owner of a $100,000 home currently pays $430.28 per year in taxes to the school district. That amount would remain the same if voters approve the measure.

Clinton-Massie Local School District 

Voters are asked to consider a one percent earned income tax operating levy for five years. If approved, the levy would generate $1.8 million for the district’s general operating fund.

Middletown City Schools 

A $55 million bond issue, broken into two parts — a 3.95-mill bond issue and 0.26-mill permanent improvement levy.

The first 3.95 mills is to pay the local share of a co-funded building project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission in order to build a new middle school and renovate a high school. The total cost of the project is $95 million, but the state would pay $40 million if passed, leaving $55 million to local taxpayers.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $147.36 in taxes a year.

 

HAMILTON CO. 

Deer Park Community School District 

A 7.9 mill. continuing levy, which dedicates 6.9 mills for current operating expenses and 1.0 mill for general, ongoing permanent improvements.

If passed, the levy would generate about $1.8 million annually.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $276.50 in taxes a year.

Oak Hills Local School District

A 4.82 mill emergency operating levy expected to generate $5.2 million each year to avoid an operating deficit.

If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $145.34 in taxes a year.

Three Rivers Local School District

Renew of a 4.95-mill levy passed in 2005, expected to generate $1.8 million annually.

If approved, the levy would renew as a continuing levy as opposed to a 3-year levy.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $144.76 annually in taxes.

 

CLERMONT CO. 

West Clermont Local School District

A 5.8 mill operating levy, expected to generate $7.2 million annually. 

If passed, the district has promised to restore art, music and physical education classes at district elementary schools, provide additional bussing, and restore kindergarten classes to a full schedule.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $204 annually in taxes.

Williamsburg Local School District 

A 8.32 mill tax levy renewal expected to generate $996,826 per year for a five year period.

 

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