“I think under the circumstances — given the economics of what we’re faced with — this is really the only and the best path,” Henderson said.
Kettering schools’ general-fund revenues have increased from $101 million to $103 million to $106 million the past three years, according to the district’s most recent five-year forecast. In that same period, expenses dropped from $107 million to $105 million to $100.7 million.
But the forecast suggests that revenues will dip in the coming year before bouncing back to $106 million in 2023-24. It projects that expenses will soar from $108 million next year and $117 million the next year.
“We’ve been very deliberate and waited as long as we can to see” how various factors “shake out,” Henderson said.
Furniss estimates a 5.99-mill levy to last three years. Two other options he gave the board included a 5.49-mill tax with the same lifespan and a 4.99-mill levy projected to last two to three years.
A 5.99-mill levy “would keep us with our projected cash balance” into 2024 and “allow us to operate our program for three additional years.” Furniss told the board.
While the county will certify the revenue, a new tax issue would generate about $9 million annually if approved by voters, according to Kettering financial documents.
Waiting until 2023 to approve the option voted on Tuesday night would increase it by about 2 mills for the same amount of revenue, Furniss said.
“If you put it off a year, for a homeowner, it’s going to cost them more when it does get here,” he said.
Voters in the Kettering district approved an additional 5.99-mill levy in 2018, county records show.