CONSIDER THE FACTS ABOUT SCHOOL FUNDING.
To make the right decision, our community must rely on facts - not rumor, guesswork or opinion. We know you have questions, and here are some answers:
What is a school levy?
A Levy is a local property tax passed by the voters of a school district that generates revenue to fund programs and services that the state does not pay for as part of basic education.
What will investors in our children’s education be asked to vote for on May 3, 2022?
A 3.9 mill levy for Springfield Local Schools will be on the May 3 election ballot.
Why are you asking investors in our children’s education for new operating money?
Simply put…the district has not received new operating money since 2000 and the cost to provide a quality education with elective programs and extracurricular activities to our students continues to rise.
How much will investors in our children’s education have to pay?
Affordability was a crucial part of deciding on the amount for this levy. Below please find a breakdown of what it will cost investors in our children’s education:
Appraised Value of your home Monthly Cost of your investment
What will investors in our children’s education receive for their support?
The new Springfield Schools Leadership (three new school board members and new Superintendent) is eager to provide necessary programs to the students while continuing to be fiscally responsible. Your support means sustainable programs and activities for our students as well as maintaining property values.
When the levy is approved will any part of it be used to build a sports complex?
No. A sports complex is no longer being looked into. This levy will NOT support any sort of sports complex.
What happens if the levy fails?
If no new operating money is invested in our children, the District leadership will be forced to implement additional cuts that will affect all our children and the community and could include all non-state mandated educational programs, extracurricular activities, and athletic programs.
My property value keeps going up so why aren’t the schools receiving more tax money?
Ohio law only allows the original dollar amount voted by the community to be collected over time. This means that operating money being collected from the 2000 levy has not changed in 22 years. What was being collected in 2000 is the same amount that is being collected today.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, one dollar in 2022 only buys 61.73% of what a dollar bought in 2000. Due to this inflation, it is impossible to operate and sustain the school’s education and availability of programs.
What has the District done over the years to cut costs?
To maintain fiscal responsibility, the district has made reductions in the number of school buildings to reflect the current and projected enrollment of students.
Over the last several years dramatic cuts have been made to the educational opportunities available to students. This has resulted in programs and services being reduced to state minimum standards.
How does the Springfield Schools tax rate compare to other districts?
When looking at the school tax rate for Summit County Schools, Springfield is in the lower third. In fact, we are 29.99 mills less than a neighboring district. Click Here to see a comparison chart.
What percentage of the District’s budget goes to staffing?
Approximately 73% of the school district’s budget is dedicated to the professionals who are responsible for equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and ways of thinking needed for their future lives so they can go on to be leaders, run their own businesses, care for others, or make important discoveries. Our professional and highly qualified staff provides the power of educating today's youth, thereby giving them the possibility for a better future.
The Ohio Supreme Court declared the state's school funding system unconstitutional for the third time. Why are you asking the voters for more money?
The DeRolf decision established in 1991 that school funding was unconstitutional and that the legislature was required to fix it. Since then, the courts have twice upheld this ruling, however the Ohio Legislature has not acted to fix the issue.
What happens with the Lottery Profits Education Fund for schools in Ohio?
In general, Lottery monies are used by the State of Ohio as an offset to dollars that they have already removed from school district's budgets.
Why does the School District need money when the Township and Village currently have construction going on within the community?
Road repairs and city work do not come from the same funding as schools. The Township or Village must use their funding for the funding it is reserved for.
Why does the school need money when they have been able to provide “grab and go” meal services to children throughout the COVID 19 Pandemic?
These meal services are operated through a FEDERALLY funded, STATE administered program that REIMBURSES program operators who serve free and healthy meals and snacks to children.