Yes, the levy is coming

You have been hearing about the 9-mill levy the CCS board will place on the November ballot. If passed by voters, the levy would generate approximately $515 million over the next five years. It would increase the amount of school property taxes collected by approximately $315 per $100,000 in assessed property valuation. Passing the levy means:

•Expanding pre-school offerings for 4,800 students

•Putting more computers into classrooms

•Creating an innovation fund to support public-private partnerships to replicate and expand enrollment in high-performing CCS schools, as well as high-performing, not-for-profit neighborhood-based community schools

•Recruiting, retaining and training high-quality teachers and principals

•Ensuring all students have access to high-quality (A or B rated) schools across the city

Voters also will decide whether funds will support the district’s Independent Auditor, who will report to Columbus Mayor Coleman, the City Auditor, the Board of Education President, the City Council President and the County Probate Judge.

The measure includes $175 million in bond funds to build 10 new schools, replace roofs, boilers and safety-related equipment and provide funds to make all CCS schools Wi-Fi accessible.