Kettering school levy passes; Franklin levy rejected, Xenia very close

Kettering’s additional levy and Miamisburg’s large substitute tax were being approved

Voters approved the Kettering’s school district’s tax levy request Tuesday — the only school tax increase requested in the area this cycle — according to unofficial final results from the Montgomery and Greene County Board of Elections.

With 100% of precincts reporting and almost 23,000 ballots counted, the vote showed a 52-48 ratio in favor of the levy.

The levy was a new 5.99-mill property tax levy for daily operations and is expected to generate an additional $8.7 million per year. The levy will cost a homeowner $209.65 annually per $100,000 of home value. This was a permanent levy, meaning it will not go back before voters again for a renewal vote in the future.

“We understand the passage of this levy is a sacrifice for our community members and families,” said Kettering superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart. “As an organization, we are prepared to reciprocate that sacrifice, we’ll take this expression of support to heart and we will re-double our efforts for financial stewardship to make this levy last as long as possible.”

Kettering voters previously approved new school tax levies in 2018, 2016 (facilities levy), 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2004.

Kettering Treasurer Cary Furniss said the district needs the increase. He said the schools were expected to have a revenue shortfall of about $11 million in the next school year.

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Miamisburg

Voters in Miamisburg’s school district approved the schools’ request for a substitute tax levy Tuesday, according to unofficial final results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. With 100% of precincts reporting, 53% of ballots contained “yes” votes, and 47% were “no” votes.

Miamisburg’s plan was to replace two existing levies with a $14 million substitute levy. Miamisburg schools treasurer John Espy said the substitute levy would not raise taxes on anyone already paying schools tax.

The levy is a continuous levy, meaning it will continue into perpetuity, and voters won’t vote on it again. The annual cost per $100,000 of home value is about $452, according to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office.

Franklin

Franklin voters rejected the schools’ tax levy request, according to unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections. With 100% of precincts reporting, 45% of ballots contained “yes” votes, and 55% were “no” votes.

Franklin Schools was requesting a 13.93-mill substitute levy for current expenses, which would have brought in about $7.75 million per year over five years. The cost would have been $465.91 annually per $100,000 in home property value.

Xenia levy extremely close

The Xenia school district requested two renewal levies. The first, a property tax levy, was approved by a 52-48 ratio. The second, an income tax levy, was extremely close, according to unofficial results from the board of elections. Tuesday night results showed the levy passing, 50.1% to 49.9%.

Provisional ballots and late-arriving absentee ballots remain to be counted in the coming days. Alisha Beeler, Greene County Board of Elections director, said once the remaining ballots are counted, it will be determined if the levy results needs to be recounted.

Lebanon

Lebanon voters approved their schools’ tax levy request by a 54-46 ratio, according to the Warren County Board of Elections.

The Lebanon school district was requesting a 10-year, 9.64-mill substitute levy bringing in about $12.2 million per year. The cost is $318.52 annually for each $100,000 in home value.

Renewal levies

School voters from Cedar Cliff, Oakwood, Milton-Union, Tri-County North and New Lebanon approved their schools’ renewal levies.

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