Licking County News

Licking Heights residents to vote on bond Aug. 5

Residents of the Licking Heights school district will decide a 2.86-mill bond issue on the Aug. 5 special-election ballot.

District officials last week scheduled a special board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, "for the purpose of answering questions relating to the bond issue, district reconfiguration and land acquisition," according to the meeting notice.

The meeting will be in the commons area at Licking Heights High School, 4000 Mink St.

According to Licking Heights officials, the 2.86-mill bond would provide a local match to state funding from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

The bond issue would raise $26,575,000, with the expectation that the state would provide another $21 million to $30 million, district officials have said.

If voters approve the bond, the district would build a new high school building to accommodate the number of students currently in the system and expected increases in enrollment. Some of the money also would be used to provide all-day kindergarten.

The bond would cost district homeowners about $99 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.