Little Miami School District Levy Increase (May 2011)

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A Little Miami School District Levy Increase measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the Little Miami school district area which is in both Clermont and Warren Counties.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 4,801 (49.27%)
  • NO 4,949 (50.73)Defeatedd[1]

This was the eighth attempt by the school district to pass a levy in the past two years in order to help the school pay for its costs. The state ordered the district to put this measure on the May ballot and since it was not approved some speculated that the district will be dissolved. The district does not have enough money to fund operational costs and though it had not been decided what amount the levy will be set at in early December, it was suggested that it was needed to be above 10.5 mills which is the rate that was asked for in November 2010.[2]

The state appointed committee now running the district had already made plans to double class sizes and cut programs and staff if this measure failed again. The idea to dissolve the district all together had also been discussed though that was only one option at this point.[3] The district was starkly split on this issue, between the northern and southern communities. Some noted that if the school district is dissolved they would likely have to move while others gladly supported the levy in hopes that the district can still be saved. The district is often used by others to show what can happen with financial problems if they are not addressed early enough.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall a levy be imposed by the Little Miami Local School District, Counties of Warren and Clermont,

Ohio, for the purpose of AVOIDING AN OPERATING DEFICIT in the sum of $10,638,795 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average thirteen and ninety-five hundredths (13.95) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to one dollar and thirty-nine and five-tenths cents ($1.395) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five (5) years, commencing in 2011, first due in calendar year 2012?[5][6]

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