Residents in the Dublin City School District will be asked to approve a multifaceted tax issue in November
Voters will decide whether to fund construction of new buildings and the renovation of old buildings, among other district initiatives.
School board members made it official July 9, when they unanimously approved a final resolution requesting a combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy be placed on the ballot.
If approved, the tax issue would involve a small increase. District property owners would pay $1,834 annually per $100,000 of valuation, said Brian Kern, the district treasurer. Their tax bills now are $1,627 per $100,000, he said.
The funding request would be an increase of $207 per $100,000 of valuation 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.
By category, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning upgrades would be the highest cost for renovations at a little less than $21.7 million. By building, Coffman -- the district's oldest high school -- would be the highest cost at a little more than $27.2 million.
Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the board vote was the end result of studying facility needs and watching enrollment projections.
"This has been a culmination of several years' work," he said.
District officials said they expect enrollment to grow by 3,000 students over the next 10 years. Modular classrooms house about 400 students in the district. They are at Jerome High School and Deer Run and Eli Pinney elementary schools.
Just like with houses, the district needs to maintain its buildings to make them last, said Lynn May, board vice president.
"It's time to take care of our buildings before we lose them," she said.