Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Tax issues facing Warren Co. voters



By Sue Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - Three northern Warren County school districts have ballot issues May 6.

In Carlisle, voters will be asked to approve a 1 percent income tax that would raise about $1.4 million annually.

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Comparing Franklin, Kings, CPS, Princeton school bond issues
Adding classrooms to every building in the Franklin Schools is the goal behind a 2.84 mill bond issue that would give the district $16.7 million.

And in the Wayne Local Schools, a 10-mill emergency levy would raise a minimum of $1.5 million each of the next five years.

"The emergency levy that expires at the end of the year isn't bringing in sufficient funds,'' said Carlisle Superintendent Tim McLinden. "If it were replaced with another property tax, we would need 10.6 mills.''

Without additional money, the district is facing a $300,000 deficit next school year, McLinden said.

Passage of the levy would allow the district to spend $1.5 million over five years to make improvements, including textbook replacement; upgrade technology; and set aside money for athletics, music, fine arts and staff development.

A 10-12-classroom addition to Franklin Junior High would be built if the bond issue is approved. It would also allow sixth-graders to move to the junior high, which would become a middle school for grades 6-8.

The high school would get a wellness/fitness addition.

Taxes in Franklin would increase about $87 annually on a $100,000 home.

In the Wayne Schools, three levies that total 5.15 mills and expire by the end 2004 would be replaced by one, 10-mill emergency levy that would bring the district about $1.5 million each of the next five years with collections beginning in January.

If the levy were approved, the board of education would stop collections on the expiring levies. The net result would be a tax increase of $148.53 on a $100,000 house for the next five years.

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