State, local funds for new schools focus of West Carrollton forum

The district is holding a community forum at 6:30 p.m. at West Carrollton High School on Issue 11. It is a 5.6-mill, 37-year bond issue to help fund construction of new schools, which West Carrollton has not seen in 50 years.

The district – which includes parts of Miami Twp. and Moraine – has been accepted into the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission building program.

Passage of the property tax hike would allow the community to take advantage of a program in which the state of Ohio will provide 81 percent of the costs of all co-funded construction of new buildings in the district, local officials said.

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Co-funded projects would include classroom and cafeteria space, gymnasiums and playgrounds, according to the school district.

Locally-funded work – in which West Carrollton would pay 100 percent – would involve auditoriums, athletic facilities, extra square footage and building upgrades, records show.

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 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.

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.

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