Worthington City Schools Superintendent Trent Bowers said Gov. John Kasich's final state biennium budget wipes out a "significant" revenue stream for Worthington City Schools.

Worthington City Schools Superintendent Trent Bowers said Gov. John Kasich's final state biennium budget wipes out a "significant" revenue stream for Worthington City Schools.

Kasich signed the new two-year state budget Tuesday, June 30. It is scheduled to go into effect with the start of the 2016 fiscal year Wednesday, July 1.

Many schools will benefit, but Worthington isn't one of them.

"With a single stroke of a pen, Gov. Kasich erased millions of dollars that the Ohio House and Senate had determined should continue to flow to Worthington schools," he said.

Bowers said Kasich's veto of the second year of tangible-personal-property-tax reimbursements in House Bill 64 means the district would lose its annual $10.6 million dollar allocation. He said the state had already reduced that allocation-it was $15 million in 2011.

"A significant revenue stream that Worthington has relied upon for decades will soon be gone," he said.

He said district treasurer Jeff McCuen already had planned for the elimination of the TPPT reimbursements in his five-year forecast, "but that doesn't make it any less disappointing."

"In his veto message, the governor stated that he believes that districts such as Worthington have the 'capacity' to raise those funds locally and therefore the money should be redistributed elsewhere," Bowers said. "That's a premise we take umbrage with."

Read more about this story in the July 9 edition of ThisWeek Worthington News.