The Columbus City Schools' millage committee this morning recommended placing a 9.01 mill levy on the November ballot.
Voters have never approved a levy with such a high millage. The committee is comprised of business, union, city and district officials. The proceeds would go toward new school construction, pre-school expansion, and district operations. Some of the money would be shared with charter schools. The panel also agreed to work with a yet-to-be-formed "public-private partnership" appointed by the district, the city and business leaders on how to distribute the money to charter schools. Members of the partnership will not be named until after the election. The Columbus School Board must approve the recommendation. Last year, former Superintendent Gene Harris recommeded a 7.5 mill operating levy.