Ohio funding for new schools focus of West Carrollton forum

The amount of state funding to build new schools in West Carrollton will be the focus of a community forum Sept. 25.

The school district – which includes parts of Miami Twp. and Moraine – is asking voters to approve a 5.6-mill, 37-year bond issue for new schools.

The district has recently been accepted into the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission building program. Passage of the property tax hike – Issue 11 on the November ballot – would allow the community to take advantage of an Ohio rate to provide 81 percent of all co-funded construction of new buildings in the district, local officials said.

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The new school plan has been projected to cost between $125 million and $140 million, district officials have said.

Passage of the bond issue would generate about $44 million as officials look to replace school buildings that are all at least 50 years old and have an average age of 67 years.

The bond issue will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $199 more a year and about $149 a year for those eligible for the homestead exemption, according to the district.

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The forum will include a presentation of what new buildings could look like, a financial picture of state funding, and a question-and-answer session, according to the district.

It will feature Superintendent Dr. Andrea Townsend, Business Manager Jack Haag and representatives from the Friends of West Carrollton Bond Committee.

The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. at the high school at 5833 Student St.

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