If the new levy passes, how much will each homeowner pay per month?
Based on a $100K home, homeowners would pay an additional $21.88 per month. A homeowner with a $250K home would pay an additional $54.69 per month. NWLSD is one of the lowest taxed Districts in Hamilton County.
How many Mills is the District actually asking for?
7.5 mills will generate $11 million for the Northwest Local School District.
How long will this levy last?
Typical suburban school levies last 3-5 years. Without additional funds from the State, the District will need new revenue in 2024.
What will happen if the upcoming levy does not pass?
Not passing the upcoming levy would be catastrophic. If the Northwest Local School District levy does not pass, we will be facing a $8.5 million deficit and will be forced to have an even higher levy in March. According to the State funding formula, local property taxes should make up 60% of our District funding.
How will the levy impact those on a fixed income? Are there any credits like the Homestead Act or rollbacks that would help these individuals? The State no longer provides tax credits on any new levy passed after 2013. However, homestead exemption based on age still applies. “The Ohio homestead exemption is a tax credit that allows elderly and disabled homeowners to reduce their home's market value by $25,000 for property tax purposes.”
How will academics be affected if the levy does not pass?
If the November levy is not passed it will affect academic programs and potentially impact the following areas:
- Reduction or elimination of Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus offered on campus
- Increase all class sizes to 30 or more
- Remove gifted services grades K-8
- Reduction or elimination of special area courses and high school electives
- Remove the Dean of Students in all schools
- Remove counselors in elementary school
- 20 elementary teaching positions (includes teachers in gifted and special areas)
- 24 secondary teaching positions in the middle and high schools
- Reduce classified staff for grades K-12
- Reduce Librarians for grades K-12
- Reduce 9 Inclusion Assistants (these are staff members that support special education in classrooms)
- Resource Officers eliminated in middle schools
How will athletics and specialized programs be affected if the levy does not pass?
If the November levy is not passed it will affect how extracurricular programs will be funded and will potentially eliminate funding for the following areas:
Middle school sports
High school sports
Elementary, middle and high school music programs
Clubs and activities such as drama clubs, academic teams, etc.
Will all sports be eliminated on both sides of the district, including Colerain football?
All sports will be eliminated, no exceptions will be made.
What will happen to elementary Art, PE, Music in a levy fail scenario? In a levy fail scenario we would be moving toward a basic education which is only state requirements. Art, Music, PE are not required by the state for elementary. We would have to eliminate elective course offerings.
Would the Physical Education (PE) be eliminated at the middle school? State requirements allow us to reduce PE at the Middle School level, but not eliminate.
Outside of classes, what else will be affected if the levy does not pass?
The nursing staff will be reduced. Each school will have one full-time nursing assistant. One fully licensed nurse will rotate around all eleven buildings as opposed to having one nurse staffed within each school.
Our custodial services will be reduced. Classrooms will be cleaned 2-3 times a week, as opposed to everyday. Teachers will be responsible to empty their own trash on some days.
When will cuts go into effect?
Will anything be cut immediately for this school year if the levy fails in November?
What caused the financial deficit?
Based on State funding laws, our District only receives 40% of basic education funding from the state. The other 60% is required to be raised by local taxes. Currently, our local taxes only account for 40%, leaving a gap in revenue based on the state funding formula for basic education.
Revenue from a levy is a fixed amount when passed and never increases. Expenditures however, increase by 3% every year based on inflation. Currently our District is underfunded by the State and local efforts for basic education. The operating cost of running the District has naturally risen over the last 20 years, but the funding raised from taxes has not.
The District has not raised taxes since 2012. In 2017, NWLSD passed a renewal emergency levy.
Will this levy remove the District’s financial deficit?
This levy will help the District maintain the cost of what the District currently offers. Unfortunately, this helps but does not solve the District’s long term financial forecast of continuing to try to offer opportunities and support to all of our students. There will continue to be an effort to close the funding gap created by the State formula which puts 60% of the burden on the taxpayer.
My kids go to a parochial school or I don’t have a child in school, why is the levy important to me?
Passing the levy will affect parochial schools in a variety of ways. Strong schools directly relate to property values and community strength. Our district supports parochial schools in a variety of ways such as consulting on their use of federal funds and special education, maintaining compliance of special education paperwork for scholarships, hiring staff and processing payroll and purchase orders for their use of State funds. Providing transportation beyond the state minimum for parochials currently costs our District about $1.4 million a year. We also have many groups who use our facilities in the evenings for meetings and sports programs which require custodial coverage.
If the levy passes, will the District transport students within the one-mile distance?
The State requires busing of students beyond a two mile limit. The current Board policy goes beyond the state requirements and provides for transportation at a one mile limit. The proposed levy does not include additional funding for transportation within the one mile range.
Will there be any more changes to transportation?
If the levy fails in November we would implement the 2 mile state limit. State Law mandates that school districts cannot make changes during the school year once it starts. We would then make a recommendation to the BOE to implement a two mile policy for the 2020/2021 school year.
What is a MILL?
Local tax rates for property are computed in mills. A mill is one-tenth of a penny. Property is taxed on its assessed value or 35% of its market value.
How are levies adopted?
The community votes to approve them.
How can you help?
Spread the word about the upcoming levy. “Mine plus 9” (find 9 other voters that you can discuss the upcoming levy with).
Consider volunteering at an upcoming levy event.
Contact Community Partners for Education to learn about raffle sells, door drops, etc.
Who should you contact to volunteer?
Are individuals allowed to give money if you are a District employee, teacher or community member?
What are some important dates that I should know?
August 22, 5 pm - Stricker’s Grove Back to School Bonanza
September 17 - Levy Kick off at Northgate Mall
October 26 - Levy door drops
November 4- Crowd the Corner
November 5 - Vote
When will yard signs be available?
September 17 at the Rally form 6-8 at Northgate Mall.
2019 NWLSD LEVY INFORMATION