November ballot issue
District sends tax issue request to board of elections
Dublin voters will see a combined bond issue and operating levy issue on the November ballot.
The Dublin Board of Education this week unanimously approved a 6.4-mill operating levy and $15.8 million bond issue for the fall ballot.
"This is the second and last resolution to be on the ballot," District Treasurer Stephen Osborne told board members.
The first resolution to put a combined bond and levy issue before voters Nov. 6 was approved by the board May 29.
No members of the public made comments before either approv-al.
Osborne said the resolutions will be submitted to the appropriate board of elections well before the Aug. 8 filing deadline.
The recently approved ballot issue follows a failed combined levy and bond issue last fall. Voters rejected a 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue in November.
Since the combined levy and bond issue was rejected, the district has worked to cut more than $7.1 million from the budget over the next two years.
Cuts include combining bus stops at the high school level, eliminating a period in the high school day, decreasing field trips, increasing pay-to-play fees and cutting positions in the central office.
The issue that will go before voters this fall is about 1 mill less than the previous issue and is expected to cost residents an additional $213 per year per $100,000 property value.
The 6.4-mill operating levy would help the district maintain its current operations through 2016, district officials said.
The levy is expected to bring in in about $18.6 million annually, Osborne said.
The $15.8 million bond issue has a term of 13 years and is equal to 0.54 mills.
The bond issue would fund routine maintenance such as asphalt, roofs and concrete districtwide; technology improvements; expansion to the commons area at Davis Middle School; improvements to the traffic flow at Riverside Elementary School; and a new fire alarm and HVAC system at Deer Run Elementary School.
If voters were to reject the Nov. 6 issue, the district would have to cut several millions of dollars.
"Potential cuts include the majority of new equipment purchases, staff at all levels, high school busing, changes to the International Baccalaureate program, world languages program, English language learners program, reading support, West Bridge/Power Plus, athletics, extracurricular activities and more," information from the district said.
Prior to the election, the board of education is expected to pass a resolution identifying the cuts to be made should the Nov. 6 levy fail, district officials said.