Voters sent a strong message of support to the Kettering City Schools, as they went to the ballot box and overwhelmingly supported a 6.9-mill levy renewal in unofficial results by a 66 percent to 34 percent margin.
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The levy was originally passed in March 2004, renewed in 2009 and renewed again in 2014. Because it is a renewal, there will be no tax increase for residents if it passes.
District Treasurer Dan Schall says the property tax currently costs a the owner of a $100,000 home about $193 per year. It generates about $8.1 million for Kettering schools.
The levy currently collects about 6.2 mills, due to state law. When property values increases, the effective millage is reduced to keep the amount the tax generates the same, according to the Ohio School Boards Association.
Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep was happy with the results Tuesday night.
“On behalf of the Kettering Board of Education, thank you so much to the Kettering community for its support of our renewal levy on Tuesday,” he said. “The passage of this ballot issue and the funds it will continue to generate are extremely important to our ability to provide the best in programming and services to our students.”
Inskeep said that earning the community’s trust is important for all who are in the school district.
“To say we couldn’t do this without the support of our Kettering community is an understatement,” he said. “We appreciate our community’s trust in our commitment to fiscal responsibility and educational excellence.”
Since Inskeep has been at the helm of the district, other levies have been renewed and moved to permanent. Getting this levy into that category was important.
“One of the things our families have told us is that there is levy fatigue and they are tired of hearing about it,” Inskeep said. “So this is the last of two other levies that have been moved to permanent. Our goal, as we’ve done with all of these renewal levies, is to move it to permanent for the purpose of not having to come back again as another ask.”
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