Warren School District Bond Measure (May 2011)

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A MWarren School District Bond Measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the Warren school district area which is in Washington County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 3,049 (49.93%)
  • NO 3,057 (50.07%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $31 million in order to help furnish, equip and renovate classes as well as acquire land needed for site improvements. A levy of .5 mills would have also been added to help pay for the bond.[2] This was the third time the district had asked for this bond money, opponents were encouraging another NO vote noting that the school did not seem to understand that residents did not want to approve this and hope asking another time will change people's minds. Opponents also noted that additional taxes would have been needed after the new school facility was built in order to run it.[3] While proponents pointed out that the State would add funds to this bond if it had been approved, opponents noted that the money was not guaranteed and since this was defeated there will be a chance to still receive those funds at a later date if another bond were to be approved. The district stated that cuts will be made since this was again defeated.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

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 twentyeight (28) years, and levy a property tax outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the bond repayment period 8.19 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to $0.819 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 0.5 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?[5]

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