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 the School District Income Tax (SDIT) ? 

The SDIT is an income tax separate from federal, state, and municipal income taxes that is earmarked specifically to support school districts. Imposition of the tax must be approved by voters of a school district. The approved tax percentage cannot be increased without the approval of voters. 

How much money will the 0.75% income tax generate for the district?

The School District Income Tax (SDIT) will generate approximately $2,700,000. 

The percentage cannot be increased without the approval of voters. 

The 7.7 mill property tax issue would have generated $3,000,000 annually. 

Who pays the School District Income Tax (SDIT) ? 

Any individual residing in the state of Ohio who lives during all or part of a tax year in a school district that levies the tax. A part-year resident must pay the SDIT based upon income received during the portion of the taxable year in which

he/she is a resident of the school district that has enacted the tax.

Non-residents who work in the school district do not pay the SDIT. 

What income is taxed?

wages; salaries; tips; interest; dividends; unemployment

compensation; self-employment to the extent included in OAGI; taxable scholarships and fellowships; pensions; annuities; IRA distributions; capital gains; state and local bond interest (except that paid by Ohio governments); federal bond interest exempt from federal tax but subject to state tax; alimony received; and all other sources.

What income is not taxed?

social security benefits; disability and survivor benefits;

railroad retirement benefits; welfare benefits; child support; property received as a gift, bequest or inheritance; and workers’ compensation benefits.

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. 
 

Why did you wait 20 years to ask for new operating money?

Quite simply, we didn’t want to ask our citizens for new operating money until we absolutely needed it. We take pride in our fiscal prudence and austerity. For a couple years we have been saying that the day would soon come when we needed to ask for new operating money. Unfortunately, the over $1 million in current and COVID-related state budget cuts to our school district, as well as the increased costs of educating due to COVID, has greatly exacerbated our already dire financial situation. 

With Young closing, will staffing go down?

Overall district staffing will be reduced by about 20-25 positions. Passage of Issue #9 will not change the necessity to close Young Elementary. 

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.

What percentage of the budget goes to staffing?

Approximately 73% of the school districts budget is dedicated to staffing.