The Bexley City School District has an important tax issue on the Nov. 2 ballot. It deserves the support of Bexley residents.

The Bexley City School District has an important tax issue on the Nov. 2 ballot. It deserves the support of Bexley residents.

Issue 1, the district's request for a 6.5-mill operating levy, represents an investment in the community and its most important resource, its children.

Issue 1 is a permanent levy that will generate approximately $2.99-million in new revenue for the school district annually. If Issue 1 is approved, it will cost homeowners approximately $199 a year or $17 a month per $100,000 of home value.

School district leaders have used funds wisely, remaining off the ballot nearly twice as long as most central Ohio school districts. Issue 1 is the first issue on the ballot in six years for the district.

When Bexley voters approved a school district income tax six years ago, leaders promised to stay off the ballot for five years. Thanks to sound fiscal management and cost-saving initiatives by the leadership, the district was able to keep that promise at a time when most other school districts were on the ballot every three years.

That accomplishment is even more impressive when you consider that the school district income tax has failed to meet initial revenue projections in the midst of a severe economic downturn.

Meanwhile, the district has seen state funding reduced in each of the past two consecutive years. With a looming state budget deficit estimated at $8-billion, that scenario is likely to get worse before it gets better.

Despite these economic challenges, the district continues to rank as one of Ohio's best. Bexley has been ranked Excellent with Distinction on the State Report Card for the past 10 consecutive years, an accomplishment few districts can claim.

Add to that the impact of a top-quality school district on Bexley's enviable property values and the cost of Issue 1 is obviously an investment that pays major dividends to its residents.

As Bexley city officials sharpen their pencils in anticipation of reductions in the 2011 budget, they also are asking voters for continued financial support on Nov. 2.

Passage of Issue 10, a request to renew a 6.4-mill levy is important to the city for a number of reasons. Overall city tax revenues are down because of the economy and a reduction in local government funding from the state appears to be a certainty, regardless of who is elected governor.

The $310,000 that will continue to be generated if Issue 10 is approved is a relatively small amount of money but is important to the continuation of city services. Most importantly, Issue 10 does not represent a tax increase. It is not a new tax. The levy was first approved by voters in 1975 and has been renewed every five years since then.The renewal of Issue 10 makes sense and should be supported by city voters Nov. 2.