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CPS Proposing Another Levy

(CINCINNATI) -- Cincinnati voters gave it a failing grade just last month.

But Cincinnati Public Schools are now proposing another tax levy, claiming the alternative is financial ruin.

Some voters, and even students, aren't so happy about it.

FOX19's Derek Scott has the details. 

On the high end, the new tax would mean the owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $250 a year.

It would save the school district from a nearly $75 million deficit.

"They need education. There's no other way in society to make it," said Marcus Whitfield.

There's no question they're worth it.

"You have too many kids running the streets," said Whitfield.

The question is how to pay for public schools.

"They need to have somewhere to go where they enjoy going, not just because we make them go," said Whitfield.

Whitfield isn't just the parent of a Cincinnati Public School student. He's a public school student himself in vocational classes.

"I'm actually kind of upset, because you look at all the stuff that they're doing in the city for different funds -- the Bengals, the stadium and different projects that they're doing," he said.

But unlike most students, Whitfield is a taxpayer, too.

So even though he doesn't like to see Cincinnati schools in dire straits. He also doesn't like the school board's plan to save them.

On Monday, to a chorus of support, Cincinnati's schools are giving the city a second chance to say yes.

They're again taking steps to put a tax levy on the ballot, to stop the district from going broke.

A similar measure failed in November.

"The money should be manipulated to do what they need to do, so, whoever's in control of that should be need to do a better job of it," said Whitfield.

So, if how to pay for schools is in question, convincing voters like Whitfield raising taxes is the only way might be the school board's only answer.

FOX19.com staff

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