Proposed amount for Columbus school levy: 9.01 mills

Friday, July 12, 2013

Charter schools and a new preschool program would each get $8.5 million a year in new property taxes under a plan unanimously approved by a citizen panel yesterday.

The committee that was to recommend how much money to ask for in November recommended that 9.01 new mills be put before Columbus school district voters, with 1 mill each for high-performing, “ nonprofit” charter schools and the preschool expansion. The other 7.01 mills would fund other priorities, with the total request adding about $315 a year to the tax bill on each $100,000 of property value. The $315 would be added to the $1,328 that the owner of a $100,000 property pays this year, an almost 24 percent increase.

The proposal also would dedicate 1.01 mills to continuing the district’s new-school construction project, co-funded 30 percent by the state. The local construction money would be leveraged into a $175 million bond issue for the construction or renovation of about 10 district schools, including one high school, and would make all buildings Wi-Fi accessible.

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