Ballot-Issue Passage Rates: Ohio’s Eight Large Urban Districts

Between 2000 and 2008, Ohio’s eight large urban districts (the “Urban 8”)—Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown—placed 44 school funding issues on the ballot, 27 of which (61%) passed. This compares with a passage rate of 54% across all school funding ballot issues statewide during the same period. Passage rates for individual districts among the Urban 8 ranged from as low as 25% (one of four) in Canton to as high as 100% (three of three) in Columbus. Among Urban 8 school funding issues 5 mills or less in size, 87% passed.

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Columbus, other urban school levies win while only 34% of requests for new operating funds are approved

Statewide, 62% of school issues on the November ballot passed, but only 34% of requests for new operating monies were approved according to the Buckeye Association for School Administrators.Columbus City Schools' 8.98-mill combined levy and bond issue passed with a 63% approval rate. Three of the seven other large urban school districts in Ohio had funding issues on the ballot, all of which passed:

Dayton's 4.9-mill levy passed (57% approved). The levy will generate $9.3 million a year for the district. Dayton's last levy attempt, in 2007, was for 15.17 mills and was defeated 58%-42%.

Toledo's 4.8-mill levy and 0.7-mill bond both passed (57% and 58% approved, respectively). The 10-year levy will generate $15.7 million a year and the 28-year bond wil l provide $37 million.

Youngstown's four-year, 9.5-mill levy passed (53% approved). The levy had failed in three prior attempts.

The approval of these ballot issues stands in contrast to the fact that only five of 15 operating levies passed among the Urban 8 (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown) between 2004 and 2007.

In Franklin County, nine districts (including Columbus) had funding issues on the ballot, five passed. For a helpful summary of these ballot issues and how they fared, click here.

A Nonpartisan Guide to Issue 75: Columbus City Schools’ 2008 Combined Levy and Bond Issue

This nonpartisan guide contains the most up-to-date information about the Columbus City Schools’ November 2008 nine-mill operating levy and bond issue. The guide includes specific information about the cost and purpose of the ballot issue, new performance data from the state report card and details about the district’s accountability pledge.
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A Nonpartisan Guide to the Columbus City Schools’ 2008 Levy and Bond Issue

Columbus City Schools plans to put a joint bond issue and 7.85-mill operating levy on the November 2008 ballot. This guide provides information on what the ballot issue would cost and what it would pay for, as well as a look at the district’s budget forecast, ongoing facilities program and recent trends in enrollment and academics.

ALSO AVAILABLE HERE: the Board of Education’s August 19 resolution to accelerate academic achievement with resources from the levy and bond issue.

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A Nonpartisan Guide to the Columbus City Schools’ 2008 Levy and Bond Issue

Columbus City Schools plans to put a joint bond issue and 7.85-mill operating levy on the November 2008 ballot. This guide provides information on what the ballot issue would cost and what it would pay for, as well as a look at the district’s budget forecast, ongoing facilities program and recent trends in enrollment and academics.

ALSO AVAILABLE HERE: the Board of Education’s August 19 resolution to accelerate academic achievement with resources from the levy and bond issue.

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