Lebanon and Little Miami School District Tax Levies Rejected May 3 2011
It was a bad day for voters hopeful for school levy approvals.
Little Miami School district voters rejected their 8th straight tax levy, but this time in a close vote: 4949 to 4801 (51% Against to 49% For).
Little Miami schools are already under state control and required to borrow money to meet minimum requirements. That borrowed money WILL ultimately have to be paid back by Little Miami district taxpayers. Additionally, school services and programs will continue to be pared back. Furthermore, we're seeing some residents sell their homes and leave the school district because of concerns with school funding. The other side of that is the district is LESS popular with prospective buyers because of the ongoing turmoil, so homes may require discounting to sell.
Lebanon School district voters weren't even close, rejecting the first increase request since 2005 by a vote of 4105 to 3202 (56% Against to 44% For).
Lebanon's tax levy rejection is particularly disappointing to us. With the top rated school district in the county (Excellent with Distinction per the Ohio School Report Cards), and evidence to support one of the most financially conservative and effective spending programs in the area, the request to add approximately $251 a year per $100,000 in home value would have seemed a logical initiative to support.
While we understand economic times are tough, and with a "NO MORE TAXES" viewpoint espoused by many and compounded further by $4.19 a gallon gas, perhaps this wasn't the optimal time to be well received. However for the homeowners of Lebanon School district, failing to maintain the high standards of our local schools probably means a much larger impact on your property values than the proposed increase in taxes if the school ratings aren't maintained.
Regardless, you can expect that both tax levies will return on the next available ballot. With significant state funding cutbacks, an initial rejection doesn't remove the still needed make up the loss or suffer serious reductions in staffing and quality of programs.
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