Dublin City Schools likely will combine a $50-million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy on the November ballot.

Dublin City Schools likely will combine a $50-million bond issue and 7.9-mill operating levy on the November ballot.

District leaders presented their proposal to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night.

The board is expected to take official action in August to send the combined issue to the general election ballot, district treasurer Steve Osborne said.

If approved, the levy will cost a homeowner an additional $242 in property taxes annually for every $100,000 in assessed property value, he said. Collection of the new levy will be delayed a year until January 2010.

The district structured the last ballot issue the same way, Osborne said.

The November 2004 issue, which passed with nearly 58 percent of the vote, included a $48.8-million bond and 7.9-mill levy. Obtaining voter approval for the levy a year before it's needed allows the district to budget for future years and has been a factor in improving the district's bond credit rating in recent years, Osborne said.

While the bond issue will appear on the ballot as a 2.7-mill increase, property owners will never see it reflected on their tax bills, he said.

The current bond millage is being collected at 7.2 mills. That will not change if the new bond is approved because, as with other bond issues dating to the mid-1990s, the district will structure the bond debt so no new millage will be required to repay the bonds, Osborne said.

The school board is expected to pass a resolution committing to the "no new millage" issue, Superintendent David Axner said.

The bond issue will include $14.5-million for the district's 13th elementary school, which would be built in the northwest part of the district on donated land off Brock Road. Construction would begin in spring 2011 and the building would open in fall 2012, when projections show enrollment to be 250-300 students over capacity at the elementary level, Axner said.

The bond also includes money for expansion to Davis and Karrer middle schools, adding four classrooms to each school at a cost of $860,000 per school.

The addition of those classrooms will at least delay the need for another middle school, Axner said. It will also prevent "a major redistricting" at that level, he said.

The other construction projects included in the bond are $4.4-million for the addition of 10 classrooms at Coffman High School to handle future growth and $5.4-million for security improvements at all school buildings.

The majority of the security money will be used to create entryways similar to the one at Glacier Ridge Elementary, which funnels everyone entering the building, after the start of school, through the main office.

In addition, all of the schools will receive money for maintenance and/or equipment replacement.

Once the board approves the bond package, the individual projects for each school will be listed on yellow sandwich boards outside the schools. A total of $11.26-million is included for building maintenance and $6.1-million for equipment replacement, which includes buses.

The remaining $6.6-million is designated for technology upgrades and network improvements.

"There aren't a lot of extras in this package," Axner said.

He and his staff spent six months prioritizing needs as they put it together. If all the projects on the original wish list were included, the cost of the bond would have been close to $90-million.

"But, we made a commitment to a no new millage issue," Osborne said.

The maximum that the district could fund and keep that commitment was $50-million.