Friday, August 24, 2001

Variety of school levies in SW Ohio




By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        Voters across Southwest Ohio will be asked on Nov. 6 to increase their taxes to pay for day-to-day operations, construct new schools or to maintain existing buildings. And in one community, voters will be asked to repeal an 11-year-old income tax.

        By Thursday's deadline, school boards in Fairfield and Finneytown had filed operating levies. Bond issues filed would pay for construction of a high school in Felicity-Franklin, one or more schools in Monroe and add classrooms to two schools in Franklin. In Carlisle, a permanent improvement levy would allow officials to buy computers and maintain buildings.

        But in the Goshen Schools, voters are being asked by a community group to repeal a 1 percent income tax that provides about 12 percent of the district's operating revenue. Goshen Treasurer Todd Shinkle said the levy has provided $16.5 million to district coffers since its 1990 passage.

        “It does very well for the district,” Mr. Shinkle said. “If it (repeal) passes, it would hurt us.”

        The issues voters will be deciding are:

Butler County
        • Fairfield Schools: A 5.6-mill operating levy that would raise $5.9 million annually and be used for day-to-day operations to keep the district solvent through June 2004. Taxes would increase by $171 annually on a home with a market value of $100,000.

        • Monroe Schools: An 8.61-mill bond issue that would provide $29.9 million to build one or more new schools. Taxes would increase $263.68 annually on a house with a market value of $100,000.

Clermont County
        • Felicity-Franklin Schools: A 2-mill bond issue that would provide $1.3 million toward the district's share of a $15 million project to construct a new high school and make improvements to the other buildings. Taxes would increase by $61.62 annually on a home with a market value of $100,000.

        • Goshen Schools: Voters will be asked to repeal a 1 percent income tax approved by voters 11 years ago that is expected to bring almost $2 million to the general fund during the 2001-02 school year.

Hamilton County
        • Finneytown Schools: A 7.95-mill continuing operating levy that would raise about $1.4 million annually to pay for day-to-day operations. Taxes would increase $232 annually on a house with a market value of $100,000.

Warren County
        • Carlisle Schools: A 2-mill permanent improvement levy that would be used to maintain the district's buildings, upgrade technology and to pay off previous heating work. It would replace a levy that expires at the end of 2002, and is expected to raise $330,000 annually. Taxes would increase about $15 on a home with a market value of $100,000.

        • Franklin Schools: A 1.25-mill bond issue that would provide $6.9 million to add classrooms to Gerke and Schenck elementary schools, improve athletic facilities and make improvements at all other schools. It would cost the owner of a house with a market value of $100,000 an additional $38.28 annually.

       



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