With all 53 precincts reporting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, Worthington Schools' two funding requests were approved overwhelmingly by district voters.
“I’m incredibly thankful to our Worthington community," said Superintendent Trent Bowers. "We’ve had just an amazing, dedicated group of parent volunteers."
Issue 9, a 2.58-mill, $89 million bond request, was approved 20,662 votes to 8,789 votes, or 70 percent to 30 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Issue 9 will be used to upgrade technology in schools, purchase new buses and help rebuild Perry and Worthingway middle schools, according to district officials.
Meanwhile, Issue 10, a permanent incremental operating levy was approved 18,207 votes to 11,157 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent, according to the board of elections.
The levy would start at 2.9 mills and increase by 2 mills each year until it caps at 8.9 in the fourth year.
The levy, which would be used to pay for operating costs, is estimated to generate $2.9 million in fiscal 2019, $7.9 million in fiscal 2020, $12 million in fiscal 2021, $16 million in fiscal 2022 and $18 million in the years following, according to Jeff McCuen, the district’s treasurer. The district’s fiscal years start every July 1.
Both issues would cost taxpayers a combined total of $191 per $100,000 of property value in the first year, McCuen said.
Bowers decided to call the victory around 9:30 p.m. and thanked everyone who came to support the district.
“It really puts Worthington on a stable financial plan for at least the next four years,” he said.
Angie O’Brien, co-chairwoman for the campaign, said a large number of community volunteers helped get the word out about the two issues. She said more than 100 people helped canvass during the campaign.
“We really had to go for it,” she said.