School Tax Levy Proposed To Rise On Average 3.4 Percent


Schools are seeking an average 3.4 percent increase in the property-tax levy in the 2011-12 school year, which starts July 1, data released today by the state Department of Education shows.

The tax hikes come even as schools are keeping their spending increases at an average of just 1.25 percent, the data shows. Also, school enrollment is flat, going up just .7 percent.

Residents will go to the polls May 17 to vote on their school budgets.

“I think districts did the best they could to control spending,” said Robert Lowry, deputy director of the state Council of School Superintendents.

Lowry said this year’s numbers are comparable to last year, when schools asked voters to approve tax levy increases of about 3.2 percent.

Schools are grappling this year with a reduction of about $1.5 billion in state aid, causing districts to increase property taxes even as they limit spending on the local level, school officials said.

Moreover, districts face the prospect of a property-tax cap next year that would limit the growth in property taxes to 2 percent a year. It’s a proposal being sought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


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  1. The Ohio school Facilities Commission, at the Conclusion of a lawsuit by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law a public intrest firm representing Ohio taxpayers: Desided they will no longer fund Ohio Public School construction projects that implement, project Labor Agreements and Prevailing Wage, Saving Ohio Taxpayers tens of Millions of dollars. this has leveled the field between union and non -union contractors. This comes from WWW

    The prevailing wage as you may know is the average union wage paid to union workers which is much higher than Private Sector jobs

  2. People are losing jobs and houses. In the private sector people are taking cuts or have not received pay increases in some time. People in the private sector pay into their own medical plans, Private sector admin jobs have been parred back. I can go on and on how the private sector, which by the way funds the government sector including schools, has made sacrifices. Wwhere are the sacrifices on the seriously mis-managed government sector? SEND THE SCHOOL BOARDS A MESSAGE, SAY NO TO THEIR BUDGET INCREASES!