The Cincinnati Board of Education is expected to proceed on one of four levy options for the November 8, 2011 ballot as a result of actions at their July 25 board meeting.
In a move designed to preserve their options while permitting additional time for discussion, Board members approved four possible levies to put before voters:
- A permanent improvement levy of 7.95 mills that would generate $47 million annually.
- A permanent improvement levy of 8.11 mills that would generate $47.9 million annually.
- An operating levy that would generate $47 million annually.
- An operating levy that would generate $47.9 million annually.
The permanent improvement levy would be restricted to items such as textbooks, technology, equipment and other items that have a life of at least 5 years. It could not be used for expenses such as raises.
The operating levy does not have those restrictions and could be used to pay for any general operations expenses, including personnel costs.
The difference in the millage and dollar amounts under consideration is related to possible funding included in the levy request for capital improvements at three schools that are not covered in the district's Facilities Master Plan: Hyde Park, Taft Elementary and Gamble Montessori High School.
The higher dollar/millage amounts include funding for these projects; the lower amounts do not.
The Board is expected to make a final decision at its August 8, 2011 meeting. By law, any levy request selected must be certified by August 10, 2011 to appear on the November ballot.