Voters in the West Carrollton school district with questions about a bond issue on the November ballot will have a chance tonight to seek answers on local and state funding.
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.
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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