As in past years, new or additional taxes and levies for Miami Valley school districts proved more difficult to pass than renewals. Almost all renewals passed, with the exception of Jefferson Township, which defeated a renewal levy for the schools' operating expenses.
Montgomery County's other levies were a mixed bag with many tight margins for additional levies. Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood and Vandalia-Butler all passed additional levies, while Brookville and Huber Heights both defeated levies; in Huber Heights the margin was particularly wide.
Miami Valley voters will decide on a slew of tax levies for schools Tuesday. Across the Miami Valley, opponents of levies, especially new or additional ones, are saying they can’t take on extra property taxes. On the flip side, many school districts say they’ll have to cut programs, limit busing, or lay off staff to make slimmed-down budgets work. Read about some of the issues here.
On November 5th, voters in Springboro will elect three new school board members and perhaps chart a new course for the school district.
Over the past two years, the Springboro schools has been plagued by controversies, including discussions of creationism in the curriculum, experimenting with classes on the constitution, and building a charter school in the district. Now, a group of three candidates are trying to unseat the more conservative majority on the board.
Six Montgomery County school districts have new tax levies on the ballot this November, some for the third, fourth or fifth time. But many homeowners oppose any new taxes, citing losses in property values and the overall post-recession fiscal squeeze among reasons to vote against new levies.