Thursday, February 26, 2004

A look at school issues and cost to property owners



The Cincinnati Enquirer

On March 2, voters in four Southwest Ohio counties will decide 19 ballot issues in 18 school districts. Here are the issues:

Hamilton County

Loveland: A combination levy consisting of an operating levy that would raise $4.3 million annually and a continuing permanent improvement levy to provide $3 million annually for building maintenance, including roof replacement, buses, textbooks, computers and school security systems. Cost: net increase of $188 on a $100,000 house.

Madeira: A bond issue that would raise $28 million to build new schools to replace Dumont Primary and Sellman Middle schools and renovate the high school to expand classrooms to relieve crowding. Cost: $240 on a $100,000 house.

Reading: Operating levy that would raise $1.76 million annually to continue day-to-day operations. Cost: $250 per year on a $100,000 house.

St. Bernard-Elmwood Place: Renewal of a levy that would raise $1.68 million each of the next five years to continue day-to-day operations with collections beginning in 2005. No tax increase.

Three Rivers: Continuing levy that would raise $4.5 million annually for day-to-day operations. Cost: $347 on a $100,000 house.

Winton Woods: A combination levy that would raise $3.9 million annually and a permanent improvement levy that would raise $493,000 annually to maintain day-to-day operations and implement top priorities from the community-developed strategic plan, including online grade books, expansion of full-day kindergarten and restoring part-time elementary school counselor positions cut in 1997. Cost: $274.09 on a $100,000 house.

Butler County

Edgewood: A continuing levy that would raise $2.5 million annually to maintain existing programs. Cost: $211.32 annually on a $100,000 house.

Fairfield: A continuing levy that would raise $9.1 million annually to maintain existing programs. Cost: $211.11 on a $100,000 house.

Lakota: A single levy that would bring $21 million annually for day-to-day operations and provide $84.9 million to build three new elementary schools, two of which would replace Liberty and Union schools; add classrooms to Lakota East and West high schools; add an early childhood wing to Hopewell Elementary; and convert Liberty Elementary into a second early childhood center. Cost: $536.09 on a $150,000 house.

Middletown: Renewal of a levy that would continue to bring $4 million each of the next three years for daily operations. Taxes would not increase.

Ross: A combination levy that would allocate $270,169 annually for daily operations and a permanent improvement levy, expected to bring in $810,508 annually for capital expenditures such as building maintenance, textbooks and educational equipment. Cost: $122.50 on a $100,000 house.

Clermont County

Batavia: Operating levy expected to raise $1.344 million annually for daily operations. Cost: $211 on a $100,000 house.

Clermont Northeastern: Permanent improvement levy expected to raise $1.2 million annually to pay for textbooks, upgrade technology and maintenance. Cost: $150 a year on a $100,000 house.

West Clermont: Five-year emergency levy expected to raise $9.75 million annually to maintain daily operations. Cost: $242 on a $100,000 house.

Williamsburg: Five-year levy (part renewal and part new) that would raise $651,116 annually to maintain daily operations. Cost: net increase of $110 annually on a $100,000 house.

Warren County

Franklin: A combination levy that would raise $2.3 million annually for daily operations and a $10.5 million bond issue that would add at least two classrooms to each elementary school and at least a dozen rooms to the junior high. Cost: $227.54 on a $100,000 house.

Franklin: A bond issue that would provide $2.45 million for improvements at the high school stadium and a new multipurpose room. Cost: $11.94 on a $100,000 house.

Mason: A bond issue to raise $35 million for construction of a preschool through first-grade school, additions at Mason Intermediate School and about $700,000 for a year-around synthetic turf athletic field. School debt would be restructured so taxes would not increase.

Springboro: A bond issue that would provide $61.5 million for construction of two elementary schools and renovations to existing schools. Cost: $179.15 on a $100,000 house.




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