SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – The Springboro school district held a public forum Wednesday night regarding a substitute levy on the November ballot.
If the 7.4-mill levy passes, it’s expected to raise more than $7.9 million for the district.
Under the levy, also known as Issue 18, the district would collect more tax dollars as new homes and buildings are developed. According to the district, it won’t raise taxes for existing taxpayers unless reappraisals occur or the county board of tax review makes any changes.
The levy would also be permanent and not up for renewal every five years.
Many people at Wednesday night’s meeting expressed support for the proposal.
“I think we have a great district,” said Debra Harris, who had her questions answered about the levy. “I think we have a fiscally responsible district, and I think we have been graduating some really strong students.”
“It’s 18 percent of the budget,” said school superintendent Dan Schroer. “Can you imagine 18 percent less teachers? 18 percent less school buses? For us not to be able to know if we would have that money every five years doesn’t make financial sense.”
The additional funding would provide more opportunities for the district, Schroer said.
“That will help us with staffing,” he said. “That’s going to help us with curriculum choices. It’s going to help us to provide resources for students that we may not have been able to do because we didn’t have that money in the past.”
While community members told 2 News some neighbors have concerns, many people at the meeting said they plan to vote in support of the proposal as a way to help students in the district.
“Ask questions and educate yourselves, because everything relies on this,” said Anne Harvey, who lives in Springboro.
The levy would replace an existing one which expires in 2018. If passed, it would go into effect at the beginning of 2019, Schroer said.