Around the Miami Valley
Wed August 3, 2011
Ohio Schools May Try Again with Rejected Levies
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio school districts who saw tax levy defeats yesterday at the polls will look at trying again in November.
Superintendent Lori Handler of the Mount Healthy schools tells The Cincinnati Enquirer her suburban Cincinnati district has no choice but to put the back on the ballot. She says the schools have had to slash programs that benefit students.
The Dayton Daily News reports that due to a reduced state budget, Mad River schools estimate a loss of $1.6 million over the next three years - not including the expected losses of property taxes. Jerry Ellender, the treasurer for the school district, said the district had enough funding in reserves to run this year, but next year’s budget will be cut by $1.5 million.
Some school districts in the state saw their levies go through but at least seven local districts, including Huber Heights, Northmont, Northridge, Trotwood, and Vandalia will ask voters to approve levies in November.