Upcoming Ballot Issue for Dover City Schools

This operating levy will preserve the quality of our schools and the many programs and opportunities that prepare our students for college and careers. It will ensure that classrooms have the most up-to-date technology, such as the types they will be expected to use in college or the workforce. It will allocate resources for safety and security purposes, including mental health experts to provide counseling and identify students are are at risk of violence. It will sustain quality academic, extracurricular, athletic, and fine arts opportunities that provide well-rounded education for students. Funds will enable the district to maintain current class sizes.

Why now?
Stretching a budget can only go so far when external pressures beyond a district’s control impact finances. These external pressures include: decreased state funding levels; increased cost of utilities; increased healthcare costs; additional state and federally mandated programs; decreased federal grant money and opportunities for federal assistance; additional required student testing; and the elimination of the tangible personal property tax.

What happens if the levy passes?
This request will preserve current programs and operations for the district by generating $3,357,000 per year for five years. These funds will allow the district to maintain quality academic programs and well-rounded opportunities for our students, which are valued by the entire community.

What happens if the levy fails?
Our school district will have to reduce programs and opportunities, impacting the quality and variety of educational programs we are able to offer.

How is this different from the 2016 bond issue for a new high school?
Operational money is different from the new high school project, which is funded by a bond levy. Bond funds cannot be used for day-to-day operating needs such as teachers in the classroom, technology, utilities or transportation.

How much will it cost?
The levy will cost property owners about $27 dollars per month more in taxes for each $100,000 dollars of property value.

Important Dates:
Voter Registration Deadline
Oct. 9
Check your voter registration at: myohiovote.com

Early Voting Starts
Oct. 10

Election day
Nov.  6

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