The Grandview Heights City Schools district is asking voters to approve a 5.9-mill levy on Nov. 2, and that request is deserving of a favorable vote.

The Grandview Heights City Schools district is asking voters to approve a 5.9-mill levy on Nov. 2, and that request is deserving of a favorable vote.

For starters, this levy won't actually cost you 5.9 mills when you consider that 1.31 mills currently being collected will expire at the end of this year. Effectively, you will be voting to add 4.59 mills to your current tax bill, or $140.60 annually for each $100,000 of your home's value.

Of the levy amount, 2 mills will be dedicated to permanent improvements everything from building maintenance and upgrades to security to technology purchases for the classroom. The last levy, approved by voters five years ago (it was only expected to last for three years) also included a time-limited component for permanent improvements and some vitally needed upgrades were made. For the first time in many years, school officials can breathe easy when they think about the district's boilers.

Grandview's school buildings are aging, and it takes loving care and money to maintain them as a safe learning environment. Money is also required to provide students and teachers with up-to-date technology necessary to equip them to cope, both personally and professionally, with the world they live in today and the one they'll face tomorrow.

The balance of the levy will be for the district's day-to-day operations, the largest chunk of which goes to pay and benefits for teachers and other staff. Because the population of Grandview and Marble Cliff doesn't fluctuate much, the district is fortunate to have a relatively stable enrollment level and no need to hire a lot of new teachers each year. But costs go up and revenue adjustments are needed.

In the next 10 or 15 years, the district will feel the value of the Grandview Yard development, but the Yard is a long-term investment. Although the first phase is finished and operational, the payoff for residents in terms of revenue flowing to city and school coffers is still at a distance. Local taxpayers have shown they understand that with their votes on previous tax issues.

Even with passage of the current levy, Grandview schools will need to stay alert and be prepared to make adjustments as needed. The state budget for the next two years is unknown and unknowable except that a few billion will have to be cut here and there. A gain in state funding for schools in the near future is unlikely to occur, and most districts in Ohio would be happy to celebrate maintaining the status quo. That is also unlikely to happen.

Grandview schools offer a good education, in large part because of the support of the Grandview and Marble Cliff community. That support comes, importantly, at the polls, but perhaps more importantly from a shared attitude about the value and importance of education. This community sends its children to school with expectations, both of their children and of the schools. As a result, both work hard to live up to that expectation and have given this little district a big reputation throughout the region.

One requirement of keeping that quality and reputation alive is your vote in favor of Issue 6. Say yes on Tuesday.