As we move towards election day Nov. 5, the Beavercreek City School District is among those pleading with voters for new levy funding. The district has had four recent levies defeated at the ballot box, and is now returning with a fifth, reduced levy of 6.3 mills. The emergency levy would cost property owners about $18 a month per $100,000 of appraised property value.
Tecumseh Local Schools will ask voters to approve a 5-year,12.37-mill levy tax levy this November, the district's 11th levy request in nine years. If the levy fails, the school district will face an operating deficit of $8 million by 2017.
Superintendent Bradley Martin says Tecumseh's school levy is carrying a higher millage rate this time around because voters have failed to pass a levy in nearly 20 years.
School levies are among the biggest issues on the ballot in the upcoming November 5, 2013 election. Ohio schools depend on these levies as an essential funding stream, and many are facing new or additional levies that can be difficult to pass.
Money for Ohio’s public schools comes from three sources: federal funds, state funds, and local tax levies.
“Levies then become the source really of their chief operating funds,” explains Mark Smith of Cedarville University. “For most cases those local schools are very dependent upon those local property taxes.”
In Today’s special election, voters in 23 Ohio counties will decide 28 issues, 19 of which are school issues. Here are some of the issues on Miami Valley ballots.
On the ballot in Montgomery County are a German Twp. Parks and Recreation levy, a Huber Heights school levy, and two ballot issues asking voters to move forward with a joint economic development zone, and hotel district between Butler Township and the City of Vandalia.
Two Clark County school districts had levies defeated by narrow margins on election day. The Clark-Shawnee and the Tecumseh Local school districts are hoping to see vote totals change by the end of the month when all provisional and absentee ballots are counted.
Voters in the Clark-Shawnee School District rejected a proposed 10-year, 7.59-mill levy that would have raised $2.5 million per year. The levy was defeated by only eight votes.