Voters will see a combination bond and levy issue for Dublin City Schools on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Voters will see a combination bond and levy issue for Dublin City Schools on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Dublin Board of Education members last week approved two resolutions to place a combined 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue on the ballot this fall.

School board president Lynn May said the 2011 issue follows the schedule laid out by the district in 2008, when voters approved a 7.9-mill operating levy and a $50-million bond issue.

"We knew three years ago in (2008) that we were coming back in '11. It won't be collected until 2013," May said. "We're making the plan work."

If approved by voters in the fall, the 7.2-mill operating levy should generate $21.7 million gross annually, district treasurer Stephen Osborne said. The district projects net revenues of $20.7 million each year after delinquent payments and fees, he said.

The 15-year, $25-million bond issue will account for 0.77 mill, Osborne said, taking the entire ballot issue to 7.92 mills.

According to Osborne, the combined issues would cost an additional $244 annually per $100,000 assessed property value.

"This is necessary to keep operations going," May said.

While the operating levy would hold programs currently in place around the district, the bond issue would fund several improvements.

During a July 11 board meeting, district business director Annette Morud said $4.3 million of funding from the bond issue would be used for additions to Deer Run and Glacier Ridge elementary schools.

The replacement of computers, new technology, increased storage and improved wireless service would cost the district about $5.5 million, she said.

District maintenance projects with a $9.8-million price tag would include asphalt repaving, roof repairs, HVAC improvements, painting and other improvements.

The replacement of equipment such as school buses would cost the district $5.4 million, Morud said.

Since 2007, the district has made $13.7 million in reductions that include the consolidation of positions, cutting two central-office jobs, staff concessions on scheduled raises and a reformed workers'compensation program.

"We're trying hard to make reductions," May said. "We worked hard to make what we do efficient."

Superintendent David Axner also has said more efficiencies are pending, meaning more savings for the district.

Dublin City Schools recently realized cuts in state funding, May said, citing the need for a levy. The two-year state budget approved in June means a reduction of $10.7 million in state funding over the next two fiscal years.

The pro-levy group, Good Schools Committee, will begin campaigning soon, Axner said, though the three chairs haven't been announced.

"The organization has been around for 20-some years," Osborne said.

"There are 50 volunteers already," Axner said. "We'll try to get representatives for the diversity across the district."