The Bexley Board of Education was scheduled to vote at its July 18 meeting on a second resolution to place a 1.38-mill permanent-improvements levy on the November ballot.

The Bexley Board of Education on July 18 voted on a second resolution to place a 1.38-mill permanent-improvements levy on the November ballot.

The board passed a first resolution June 27 notifying Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo of the district's plans to place the levy on the ballot. The district must submit the second resolution and all necessary documentation to the auditor by Aug. 10 in order to appear on the ballot, district treasurer Chris Essman said.

Scheduled to pay off a 1993 bond issue this year, the district can establish a permanent-improvements (PI) fund to pay for capital improvements from a tax levy without increasing taxes, Essman said at a public meeting that the district held July 11 at the Cassingham Complex to inform residents about the levy.

By state law, funds generated by a PI levy must be used for "a project or a major purchase that has a five-year life," Essman said. "Some districts buy buses, technology updates with it. It cannot be used for general operating expenses salary, benefits."

If approved by voters, the PI levy is estimated to raise $685,865 annually. If the levy doesn't pass, residents would see a decrease in taxes of $48.30 per $100,000 of home valuation, Essman said.

"If it does pass, we have a revenue source coming in that we can do long-term planning for capital projects," he said.

The district doesn't plan to return to the ballot for a separate operating levy until 2019, but if the PI levy doesn't pass, the district may have to reevaluate those plans, Essman said.

"If this doesn't pass, my assumption is that we would have to build in enough money to take care of the buildings through a regular operating levy," Essman said.

"That's what we've done in the past."

In addition to Essman, the July 11 meeting was attended by about 10 people, including Superintendent Mike Johnson, board president Melissa Lacroix and members Mike Denison and Alissha Mitchell, members of the district's financial committee and a few residents.

With the board's approval, the district will begin an awareness campaign and recruit volunteers to educate the community about the levy and advocate for its passage, Johnson said.

"We really do need people to come forward and volunteer," he said.

Lacroix said three people tentatively have agreed to accept leadership positions on the campaign.

"So if (volunteers) want to be part of the campaign, you don't have to be in charge," she said.

For more information about the levy, visit Bexleyschools.org.

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