Voters in nine Ohio counties will vote on local school levies tomorrow. All of the levies to be considered are requests for new money.
This seems to be the trend in the aftermath of Kasich’s $1.8 billion in cuts to school district funding. We have seen an unprecedented $1.1 billion in new property and income taxes for schools since Kasich’s last budget. On Tuesday, there will be 5 school districts asking for money to use on operating costs in 8 counties. There is also a levy on the ballot in Summit County, but it’s for construction projects so it’s not related to the schools who are struggling to maintain operation.
All of these levies can be seen as a direct response to Kasich’s cuts to education. For many districts, this is the second or third time they’ve put the same levy on the ballot.