Columbus City Schools Levy

Jul 24, 2013

The Columbus City Schools Board has voted to put a levy on the November ballot.

If voters approve the 9.01-mill levy, it would raise their property taxes about $315 per year for every $100,000 of property value. School officials say the levy would help increase classroom technology across the district. A percentage would fund high-performing charter schools per a new state law. At a recent public forum, some residents objected to that and also expressed concern about the timing of a levy request given the ongoing investigation into the district's handling of attendance data. A separate request facing voters would fund an independent auditor. If voters approve the levy, school officials say they're committed to reducing the district's budget by $200 million over the next five years. They also say they would not return to the ballot to request additional funds before 2018.