2019 OPERATING LEVY

LET'S KEEP THE

BEST TEACHERS POSSIBLE 

IN FRONT OF OUR KIDS  

THE LEVY

GET INFORMED on ISSUE 14 - Operating Levy for Forest Hills!

WHAT? Operating levies fund the day-to-day operations of a school district, such as teachers, utilities, technology and supplies. We NEED your YES vote on Nov 5 for Issue 14 to allow the district to maintain its current level of service.

Why Now? Why Levies? 

  • Last operating levy: 2012, funds were stretched 4 years longer than promised.


  • The district recently cut 1.5 million from the budget but we are now at a time when our needs exceed our budget. 


  • This is NOT a spending issue; it’s a REVENUE issue as Ohio’s school funding relies on a levy cycle for schools. Because of House Bill 920, which does not allow for inflation on voted levies, the district is operating on an income set in 2012. 


  • The cost of operating the district has increased due to inflation. Fuel, utilities and supplies are higher, as well and many other general costs outside of the district’s control. This levy is needed to continue to provide the excellent education in this district. 


  • This is why we need your YES vote NOW! To avoid district deficit and the state taking control.



How Do We Compare To Other Districts?

  • Hamilton Co. schools average operational levies every 3-5 years because of the way state funding has been designed. 


  • FHSD has stretched the last 2 operating levies to 6 & 7 years (2012 & 2006). 


  • FHSD has BELOW AVERAGE SPEND and ABOVE AVERAGE PERFORMANCE. 

    • Residents in FHSD would continue to pay less in property taxes than the average rate of all 22 Hamilton County school districts even with the passage of this levy, yet our performance is in the top 10% STATEWIDE! Click here for more info on our ROI which confirms that we are a high performing district at a good value. Let’s protect that by voting YES on 14!


 

What If It Fails?

  • The district will have to make 2 million in budget cuts that will impact students and staff. Less funding will result in fewer extracurricular activities and increased class sizes among other things.


  • Another levy will be put on the ballot in March 2020 or November 2020 and would be one of the following:

    • More: 7.4 mils 


    • After another 2 - 2.5 million in cuts (for a total of 4 - 4.5 million), the 4.7 mils levy would be put on the ballot again.


    • Some combination of the above



 

What Will It Cost Me To Vote Yes Now?
The levy would cost $164.50 per $100,000 home market value per year. Invest in FHSD, invest in your property value! The National Bureau of Economic Research states that home values increase by $20 for each dollar spent on public schools in the community. 

How Can I Help?
Display a yard sign, host a coffee, volunteer at an event. Volunteer to work at a polling location: https://bit.ly/2lNl3us

THE FACTS

4.7 MILS OPERATING LEVY

45 CENT PER DAY INCREASE ON EVERY $100,000 OF HOME VALUATION

RESIDENTS CURRENTLY PAY 15% LESS IN TAXES ON AVERAGE FOR EDUCATION THAN OTHER HAMILTON COUNTY DISTRICTS

FOREST HILLS HAS STRETCHED ITS CURRENT OPERATING MONEY AN ADDITIONAL 3 YEARS

73 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR IS SPENT ON STUDENTS

FOREST HILLS RECEIVES 9% LESS STATE FUNDING THAN OTHER SCHOOLS

FOREST HILLS HAS A 95% GRADUATION RATE DUE TO GREAT STUDENTS, GREAT TEACHERS, AND A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

PAID FOR BY CITIZENS FOR FOREST HILLS SCHOOLS

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