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District officials banking on Issue 48

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Issue 48 will go before Dublin City School district voters next week.

The combined 6.4-mill operating levy and $15.87-million bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot follows a 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue rejected by 53 percent of voters last fall.

After $7.1 million in cuts across the district and the reduction of the bond portion of the issue, the Dublin City School board of education approved a smaller combined 6.94-mill levy for the Nov. 6 ballot.

District officials have said Issue 48 would fund operations through the 2016 fiscal year, if approved.

The $15.87-million bond issue would fund maintenance, technology and equipment at all schools in addition to commons expansion at Davis Middle School, traffic flow improvements at Riverside Elementary and HVAC and fire alarm upgrades at Deer Run Elementary.

If approved by voters next week, Issue 48 would begin collection in January and cost residents within the school district boundaries an additional $213 per $100,000 of home value annually.

If Issue 48 is rejected by voters, the district will institute $10 million in cuts before the 2013-14 school year. Board of education members approved the $10 million contingency plan in September.

Potential cuts include 38 classified staffing positions such as secretaries, custodians, transportation staff and educational aids for $1.7 million; $5.4 million from certified staffing, which would mean 79.5 positions including teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and gifted-intervention specialists; eight technical staff positions for $332,800; and $2.5 million in service reductions such as elimination of high school busing, reduction of field trips and eliminating supplemental contracts for coaches and club advisers.

The cuts would mean pay-to-participate fees for sports would be increased to $400, the increase of class sizes and the reduction of music, world language and some advanced placement classes.

Under the contingency plan, the International Baccalaureate program would be consolidated into one school and high school programs including the broad video classes would be eliminated.

Other races, issues

In addition to the Dublin City School issues, area residents will also cast ballots on other issues and races.

Voters will have the opportuinity to elect candidates for U.S. President, Franklin County offices, Delaware County offices, Union County offices, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senator and state representative.

Area residents living in Franklin County will determine the fate of Issue 56, a proposed tax levy for the Franklin County Office on Aging.

State Issue 1 asks voters if a convention should be held to revise, amend or change the state constitution.

The question is asked of voters every 20 years.

State Issue 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.

Its placement on the ballot is the result of an initiative petition.

Polling place notes

Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Those who want to cast a regular ballot on Election Day must bring identification information with them.

According to Ohio election laws, acceptable forms of identification include:

* A current and valid photo identification (such as an Ohio driver license card, state ID card or government ID). Photo identification must show name and current address (except that an Ohio driver license or State ID card does not need to show current address if the address in the poll book is current).

* A military identification that shows the voter's name (does not need to show address).

* A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document (including from a public college or university) that shows the voter's name and current address.

Voters who do not provide one of those documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of their Social Security number and by casting a provisional ballot.

Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

If identification is not provided at the time the provisional ballot is cast, the provisional voter can provide a valid form of identification in person at the board of elections during the 10 days after the election.

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