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Columbus and several other Central Ohio school districts to bring levies before voters this fall

Champion Middle School in Columbus.
Mary Rathke
Dublin City Schools Board Member Scott Melody

Columbus City Schools, Dublin City Schools, Canal Winchester Local Schools, Groveport Madison Schools and Madison-Plains Local School District are asking voters to approve levies and bonds in November.

The Columbus City Schools Board of Education passed a resolution on Tuesday to place a combined 7.7 mill permanent improvement and operating levy on the November 7 ballot.

This levy will garner about $100 million in annual property tax revenue if approved and cost taxpayers $269.50 per $100,000 of appraised property value starting in 2024. The levy would go toward operating expenses and maintenance of the district's more than 100 school buildings.

In addition to Columbus, several other Central Ohio school districts are putting their own levies before voters this Fall.

Dublin City Schools is proposing a $145 million bond and a 7.9 mill levy to build a new elementary school and support operations as the district grows. It would increase property taxes by over $200 for each $100,000 of market value.

Madison Plains Local School District is trying again to pass an altered levy proposal after voters roundly rejected a similar one in May. The Madison County district wants voters to approve a $55 million, 7.5 mill bond levy to replace a half-century-old school with a new Pre-K through 12th grade school.

Canal Winchester is putting a five-year levy before voters that the district calls a renewal levy that won't add new taxes for property owners.

Groveport Madison is also trying to pass a 6.68 mill school levy that keeps the current rate flat.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.