The New Albany-Plain Local School District's request for a 1.25-mill permanent-improvements levy turned out to be a decisive win Nov. 7.

With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Issue 42 was ahead 2,241 to 1,291 votes, or 63 to 37 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

“We are humbled by the support of our community and committed to earning their trust,” said Superintendent Michael Sawyers.

The levy will generate $1.17 million annually for five years and will be used for capital-asset repairs and replacements, according to district leaders.

According to district estimates, $12.7 million is needed over five years for capital improvements.

The district spends an average of $1.3 million per year from the general-revenue fund on capital improvements, but to meet all needs, an average of $2.5 annually would need to be spent, leaders said.

The levy will cost $153.13 per year for taxpayers with homes with a market value of $350,000, according to district treasurer Rebecca Jenkins. That equates to $43.75 annually per $100,000 of property value.

The owner of a home with a $350,000 market value currently pays approximately $6,400 annually in school-district property taxes, Jenkins said. The $6,400 estimate doesn’t include any of the other central Ohio governments and agencies that collect property taxes.  

A permanent-improvements levy last was approved in 2004. The district allowed the five-year levy to expire in 2009, and its funds were depleted in 2014, according to Jenkins.

Voters last approved an operating levy in 2012 with Issue 50, which included a 2.59-mill bond to build the facility now known as New Albany Intermediate School and a 4.24-mill permanent operating levy to generate $3.51 million.

In November 2014, voters rejected a 6.9-mill operating levy and a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy. Both levies would have been permanent.

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