Dublin Board of Education members took the first of two steps to get a combination ballot issue on the November ballot.

Board members unanimously voted for an initial resolution declaring the necessity of a combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy. The board is slated to vote on a final resolution July 9 to proceed in placing the issue on the ballot.

If approved, the tax issues would mean district residents would pay $1,834 annually per $100,000 of valuation, said Brian Kern, the district treasurer. Property owners are paying a tax bill to the district of $1,627 per $100,000, he said.

The funding request would be an increase of $207 per $100,000 of valuation over what district property owners currently are paying, because the bond issue and improvements would be "no-new millage" issues.

The funding would help the district pay for more than $115 million in facilities, including two elementary schools, a middle school and high school additions. Additionally, the improvements levy would fund an estimated $95.08 million in building infrastructure needs.

Although asking the community to assist with funding isn't easy, residents in the district have historically been supportive of education, said school board vice president Lynn May.

Student enrollment has increased, and existing infrastructure and staffing are stretching budgetary limits, May said.

"We have higher standards than having our kids forever in portables and scrunched in places they shouldn't be, like on stages," she said.

Modular classrooms house about 400 students in the district. The modulars are at Jerome High School, and Deer Run and Eli Pinney elementary schools.

Six years have passed since the district was last on the ballot, May said. The school district in 2012 passed a 6.94-mill combined bond issue and operating levy.

"Those monies weren't going to last forever," she said.

District officials said, according to enrollment projections, they expect to grow by 3,000 students during the next 10 years.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the ballot-request proposal is a culmination of district staff's work over three years to determine how to best handle continued enrollment growth.

"We're over capacity as far as what our buildings will handle today versus our student enrollment," he said.

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