Centerville-Washington Township passes Issue 8, a combined 1-mill permanent improvement and 5.9-mill operating levy
November 2019 Levy Information
Centerville City School’s levy on the November 2019 ballot (Issue 8) is a combined 1-mill permanent improvement and 5.9-mill operating levy.
Centerville City Schools has not asked voters for a new levy for six years.
- Enrollment has grown by several hundred students in the last few years.
- During the 2018-19 school year, our expenses began to exceed our revenue, and we are now dipping into our reserve funds.
Our school buildings and facilities are aging: one school is 95 years old, and most are more than 50 years old.
- Money from the permanent improvement levy will be dedicated to building and infrastructure repairs, renovations, and other long-term facility needs, including security and technology enhancements.
- Maintaining and repairing our school buildings, rather than building new, is a community priority and a responsible investment of our tax dollars.
Issue 8 is necessary to maintain Centerville-Washington Township’s high quality of education, including:
- Keeping and attracting quality teachers
- Ensuring all of our school facilities are in good condition and able to meet the needs of our students and community
- Updating safety and security for our students and staff
- Continuing college readiness and advanced placement programs
- Providing up-to-date educational technology necessary in today’s world
- Expanding career and workforce pathway programs
- Maintaining reasonable class sizes
Without the levy, our schools will be faced with having to make cuts to staff and educational programs, and significant facility repairs or improvements will be delayed until funding is available.
The cost for Issue 8 is approximately $20 a month per $100,000 of property value.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Early voting begins Oct. 8, 2019. Voter registration deadline is Oct. 7, 2019.
- Why are Centerville Schools asking for a levy now?
- How much are you asking for and what will it cost taxpayers?
- What are permanent improvement funds, and why are they needed?
- What are operating funds used for, and why are they needed?
- Why do school districts continue to ask for additional funding?
- Could you provide some specifics about how additional permanent improvement money would be used?
- What cost-saving measures has the district implemented prior to asking for additional funding?
- What cuts will be made if the levy does not pass?
- What is the status of all-day kindergarten?
- Where can I find more information and get answers to additional questions?
VIDEO: Watch full Oct. 28 board meeting or read highlights
Information about Issue 8 originally appeared in Oct. 30 issue of Centerville Dispatch
Issue 8 in the News
Here are some recent news stories about Centerville Schools' levy request:
WHIO Reports: Local school issues
WHIO-TV - Nov. 3, 2019
Small number of voters could decide major local issues
Dayton Daily News - Nov. 3, 2019
West Carrollton, Centerville City Schools seek additional levy funding
WYSO - Oct. 28, 2019
School levies on November ballot: What you need to know
Dayton 24/7 Now - Oct. 10, 2019
Voters to decide on first Centerville schools tax increase since 2013
Dayton Daily News - Oct. 6, 2019