Without funds from an operating levy on the Nov. 8 ballot, programs would change dramatically around the Dublin school district, district officials say.

Without funds from an operating levy on the Nov. 8 ballot, programs would change dramatically around the Dublin school district, district officials say.

Residents will vote on a combined 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue, for a combined millage of about 7.97.

If approved, the levy and bond issue will cost an additional $244 per $100,000 of property value annually.

The operating levy would maintain current programs in the district, and the bond issue would fund additional classrooms at Deer Run and Glacier Ridge elementary schools.

The bond also would mean technology and infrastructure maintenance and improvements across the district.

The bond and levy issue would not begin collecting until 2013, Superintendent David Axner said, so the district would have time to ask for another levy if the Nov. 8 issue fails.

“The board of education would make the decision to come back (to voters),” he said. “We’re going now, early, and not collecting until 2013. If the levy fails, we would be waiting until the presidential election to go back to voters.”

A failed levy, however, would mean “substantial” cuts, Axner said.

“Everything would be on the table: every program, every staffing position,” he said. “There are hundreds of people it would hit in every area.”

The district currently has a cash carryover, which serves as a contingency fund and helps the district maintain its high credit rating.

The failure of the levy issue would mean the loss of the credit rating and carryover, Axner said.

Treasurer Stephen Osborne said the current five-year forecast for the district shows a $12-million deficit in the 2013-14 school year without new funding.

“Obviously, reductions will be made, but today what those will be is uncertain at this time,” he said.

According to Osborne, nearly $16 million in reductions has been made since 2007, so any cuts would be “all factions in the district.”

Osborne said the school board would see the latest five-year forecast during its Oct. 10 meeting.

“On Oct. 10, Steve (Osborne) presents the five-year forecast, and we’ll talk in detail about what it means for the district,” Axner said. “We will go into detail about what this issue means for the district. We want people to know what will happen if the levy doesn’t pass. If it goes down, we wouldn’t want them to say, ‘We didn’t know what would happen.’”

Osborne said the Oct. 10 meeting would begin later than usual, at 7:45 p.m., because district administrators plan to make a presentation during the Dublin City Council meeting.

“We’re going to talk about the levy (to council),” he said. “Then it’s the annual going through the five-year forecast and discussing possible reductions that would have to be made should the levy not pass in November.”

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