Ballot issues on hold amid election day confusion

By: - March 18, 2020 12:30 am

As the pause in the election continues, cities and school districts are left hanging on whether the funding they have asked for from voters will be coming.

More than half of the Ohio counties have municipal or school issues on the ballot. In Franklin County, that includes a renovation and improvement bond issue from Columbus State Community College.

The 0.65-mill bond issue was set to bring in $300 million over 24 years to renew the infrastructure at the facility, according to Secretary of State documents.

Public school systems are asking for help from voters to help them build up their districts or keep them solvent, whenever the election date is decided.

Tiffin City School District is looking for a bond issue for a 5.35-mill, 38-year, $44.2 million bond for construction of new school buildings.

“If we are to meet the needs of the future, we must be able to equip our young people with the necessary skills to compete on a national and international level,” the district stated in their information about the bond issue. “The older buildings are difficult to operate, in continued need of repair, do not meet handicap requirements, and are not designed for elementary classrooms.”

Several schools were looking for additional levies to help their beleottom lines, including West Clermont, who specifically said the 7.99-mill, $11.5 million measure would be used to avoid an operating deficit.

In arguing for the levy, the school district said the failure of the bill would cause them to have to make $3.5 million in cuts and return to the ballot for another attempt.

“These cuts will have a direct impact on our students, classrooms and community,” the district stated in information to the district community.

Beavercreek is looking to substitute their existing levy with a 9.85-mill, $18 million levy for “necessary requirements.” North Ridgeville gave the same reason for their substitute bill for $10.6 million.

The city of Toledo was looking for approval of a municipal income tax levy of 0.25%, set to start on July 1.

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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.