Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had a different result on the Dublin school levy based on incomplete results. The story has been corrected.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A number of central Ohio schools are set to receive more money by way of tax levies after Tuesday’s election.
In addition to Columbus City Schools, Canal Winchester Local Schools, Dublin City Schools and Groveport Madison Schools all had voters approve varying levies and bonds. However, for the second time this year, Madison-Plains Local School District voters rejected a levy in the district.
The school districts said the money will be used to fund new school buildings and cover operating costs like bills and salaries, all of which, almost to a district, are attributed to growth throughout the region.
Tax levies are calculated using millage rates. One mill is equal to one-tenth of one cent of a property’s assessed value (which is 35% of a property’s appraised value). At a one-mill rate, a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $100 in property tax (this property’s appraised value would be approximately $285,700).
For an explanation of the different types of levies and bonds, click here.
Canal Winchester Local Schools
Voters in Canal Winchester Local Schools district, which is split between Franklin and Fairfield counties, approved a levy they are already paying.
Officials said the substitute levy will replace a current five-year, 12.59-mil levy approved by voters in 2019, which was worth $6.2 million annually for the district.
A substitute levy is exactly what it sounds like — a substitute for existing emergency levies that grows as new properties are added to the tax base.
The levy is a five-year, 10.2-mill levy that will bring in $6.8 million to the district annually.
The millage rate of 10.2 is less than the 2019 levy and would cost taxpayers an estimated $357 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The average home value in Canal Winchester is $375,076, according to Zillow. The levy will cost the owner of the average-value property about $1,339.02 in taxes per year. To find the taxes for your property, use either the Franklin County or Fairfield County auditors’ websites.
Dublin City Schools
Dublin City Schools district had voters approve an additional tax levy consisting of a $145 million bond issue and a 7.9 mill operating levy.
According to the district, the levy will pay for the construction of a 15th elementary school, expand preschool with new classrooms and a gymnasium, and pay for capital improvements at 14 locations across the district. Additionally, the district is planning an all-day kindergarten starting in the 2025-26 school year.
The levy will cost Dublin property owners $276.50 per $100,000 of appraised property value. The average home value in Dublin is $539,702, according to Zillow. The levy will also raise property taxes on that home to $1,492.28 per year. To find the proposed taxes for your property, use either the Franklin, Delaware, or Union counties’ auditor’s websites.
Groveport Madison Schools
In the closest race of the evening, voters in Groveport Madison Schools passed a “no new tax” operating levy renewal, extending the current 6.3 mill levy. The final unofficial tally – 51%-49% — was separated by less than 225 votes.
The levy, which first passed in 2014, won’t increase taxes from their current level, the district said.
According to Zillow, the average home value in Groveport is $291,320, and the 6.3 mill levy would cost that average property owner $1,835.32 per year. Find the proposed property tax for your property by using the Franklin County auditor’s website.
The district said the levy will allow it to continue current staffing levels and maintain district technology, utilities, supplies, safety and security.
Madison-Plains Local School District
The Madison-Plains Local School District put a $55 million-plus bond issue before the voters Tuesday night, and for the second time this year, voters rejected it.
According to the Madison County district, the bond would have required a 7.5 mill levy throughout the 37-year life of the bond, costing $263 per $100,000 of appraised property value.
The district said the money — $55,360,775 – was to cover part of its contribution to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Exceptional Needs School Facilities Assistance Program, which would have funded a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school to be built on the site of the district’s current schools.
The millage rate appearing on November’s ballot is less than the rate that appeared on the May ballot, which was a 9.9 mill levy for the same number of years. That levy was defeated 56 to 44 percent of the vote.
The district includes students from southern Madison County, Pleasant Township in Franklin County, and northern Fayette County.