The New Albany for Kids group hasn't been alone in its endeavor to inform voters on Issue 79, the 24.4-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. Village and township officials, along with numerous volunteers, have gone street to street, door to door and coffee meeting to coffee meeting to share information about the levy. This hard work is necessary because the levy would account for roughly half of the district's operating budget.

The New Albany for Kids group hasn't been alone in its endeavor to inform voters on Issue 79, the 24.4-mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. Village and township officials, along with numerous volunteers, have gone street to street, door to door and coffee meeting to coffee meeting to share information about the levy. This hard work is necessary because the levy would account for roughly half of the district's operating budget.

The increase in property taxes -- about 3.87 mills -- would cost about $118 per $100,000 of assessed property value. As many know, property taxes are deductible on federal tax returns.

Voters are being asked for a little to fund a lot. The levy would generate $21.7-million to finance day-to-day expenses: staffing, programs, utility costs and a projected increase in enrollment, which has grown by 288 percent over the past 10 years.

After all, what parent wouldn't want a child to attend a district that achieved the state's highest designation of "excellent with distinction?" This rating puts the district in the top 12 percent of all Ohio public schools.

Issue 79 supporters know this. Now it's time to demonstrate support by going to the polls and voting for the schools.

Only one of seven operating levies on the ballot since 1991 has failed, but the margins for those that passed have been narrow. The past 18 elections have seen an average margin of 69 votes. The 2006 levy won by 161 votes, and the 2003 levy brought a slim margin of victory with 33 votes.

The district's surest support has come from the "Win-Win" area of Columbus, with New Albany residents essentially split. The past several elections have proven that every vote counts. The district is counting on your vote to help continue its academic success.

ThisWeek strongly encourages support of Issue 79.