Depending on where they live, Canal Winchester voters will see either two or three levies on the May 5 ballot.

Depending on where they live, Canal Winchester voters will see either two or three levies on the May 5 ballot.

School district residents will decide the fate of Issue 11 in Franklin County or Issue 6 in Fairfield County. The 14.82-mill emergency levy, if passed, would raise almost $6.5-million in each of the next two years. It would cost homeowners an additional $454 annually, or $38 monthly, per every $100,000 of assessed real estate value.

This will be the fifth attempt school supporters have made to pass a levy since 2006.Voters rejected the previous four requests, including the last one in November for an 8.9-mill levy that would have raised $3.7-million per year.

Over the past three years, the district has made $5.3-million worth of budget cuts, including high school busing and textbook purchases.

District officials already have approved 23 teacher layoffs and a fee increase for extracurricular activities that would go into effect if the levy fails on May 5.

Opponents of the levy have expressed concern about increasing property taxes during an economic recession. Some have said they cannot afford more taxes when their personal financial problems take priority.

Franklin County residents will also vote May 5 on Issue 1, a 10-year, 0.75-percent property tax for Frankly County Metro Parks to replace a 0.65-mill levy that expires at year's end. If approved, it would increase property taxes from $13 to $23 per $100,000 of home valuation.

According to the park district, the estimated $21.5-million the levy would generate annually would be used to increase educational programs for children and adults, create 50 miles of new trails, maintain the 15 existing parks and create three new parks over the next 10 years: one between Groveport and Canal Winchester, one in Plain Township north of New Albany and one along the Scioto River east of Grove City.

Residents in the portion of Canal Winchester located in Fairfield County will vote on a 0.5-mill roads, bridges and culverts levy -- also called Issue 1 -- being floated by the Fairfield County Engineer's Office.

If passed, it would renew the current 0.5-mill roads, bridges and culverts levy for five years. That levy is set to expire at the end of 2009.

According to the Fairfield County Auditor's Office, homeowners in the county would pay $12.92 per $100,000 assessed property value and the levy would yield $1.33-million.

Funds from Issue 1 would be used to maintain and upgrade the county's 363 miles of roadways and 341 bridges.

According to the auditor's office, the county annually spends approximately $4-million to maintain and upgrade roads, bridges and culverts.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 5. According to information from both Franklin and Fairfield county elections officials, no estimate on turnout has been made.

ebrooks@thisweeknews.com