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Warren School District Bond Measure (August 2010)

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A Warren School District Bond Measure was on the August 3, 2010 ballot in the school district of Warren which is in Washington County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 1,619 (42.34%)
  • NO 2,205 (57.66%)Defeatedd[1]

This was the second attempt by the board of education to pass this bond measure, the previous attempt in May failing to get enough votes. The bond would have been in the amount of $72 million and would add a 8.76 mill levy to local property taxes. The board felt that the buildings of the school were in greater need of repair and were hoping voters will give this issue another thought.[2] The bond would have only paid for 42 percent of the proposed $72 million, the rest of the funding for the project would have come from state funds. The building project entailed three elementary schools and a high school.[3] Residents though had stated that they voted against it already and will do so again. Noting low incomes and higher taxes as the main reason not to approve further taxation on local residents.[4]

The announcement that a local power plant will be closing reinforced the school boards decision to keep this measure on the August ballot. With the plan closure more people will be out of jobs and the district will lose around $390,000 a year in tax revenues it had received. Some board members thought to take the measure off the ballot, not wanting to put further strain on people, seeing that things are not turning around, but the board voted 4-1 to keep the measure on the ballot. The school will have to pay around $25,000 for the election alone since they are the only issue on the ballot.[5] If this does not pass again, the board can put it for a third time on the November ballot and has until July 2011 to get the funds needed. Early voting has already started for this vote, though most residents noted they have made up their minds already on the subject.[6]

Text of measure

PROPOSED BOND ISSUE AND TAX LEVY WARREN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

A majority affirmative vote is

necessary for passage Shall the Warren Local School District be authorized to do the following: (1)Issue bonds for the purpose of constructing school facilities and locally funded initiatives under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program of the Ohio School Facilities Commission; furnishing and equipping the same; improving the sites thereof; and acquiring land and interests in land as necessary, in the principal amount of $31,820,000, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of twenty-eight (28) years, and levy a property tax outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the bond repayment period 8.26 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.826 for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds? (2)Levy an additional property tax to provide for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of permanent improvements at a rate not exceeding one half mill for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.05 for each one hundred dollars of tax

valuation, for a continuing period of time?[7]

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