breaking news

Serious crash on I-75 South in Monroe causing major traffic delay

Greene County voters to decide on tax levies May 8

The May 8 election will be an important one for Yellow Springs schools and residents of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek area, as they will decide on new tax levies.

Wednesday was the deadline for school districts, cities, townships and other government agencies to file tax issues with the board of elections, to appear on the May 8 ballot.

Yellow Springs

The Yellow Springs school district will ask voters to approve a combination income tax and property tax issue to fund renovations and additions at the high school/McKinney Middle School complex.

RELATED: Yellow Springs students learn on “wild” class trip

The property tax portion is a 4.7-mill bond issue that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $164.50 per year for 37 years, according to the Greene County Auditor’s Office. It would be paired with a 0.25 percent income tax.

Master Plan documents from the school district describe an $18.5 million project to demolish some older sections of the school campus, significantly renovate others and construct a new 48,000 square foot academic wing, plus a 4,400 square-foot band room and office space addition.

Yellow Springs Superintendent Mario Basora said the district settled on this option after listening to repeated community input on ideas ranging from limited renovations to a brand-new K-12 campus school.

2016 ELECTION: Fairborn voters approve bond for new schools

He said there is a chance, not confirmed, for state money to cover some of the project. But if that doesn’t come through, the bond issue money would be enough to build the addition and do some renovations.

Basora said there are numerous needs — from roofing, structural and hazardous materials fixes, to kitchen improvements as well as better classroom and collaborative space for student learning.

Bellbrook and Sugarcreek

Bellbrook voters will have two new tax levies to vote on May 8. The city of Bellbrook is putting a permanent, 1.75-mill Fire/EMS levy on the ballot. City Manager Mark Schlagheck said the levy would fix a structural deficit in fire/EMS funding, plus allow the city to add an extra firefighter. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $61.25 per year.

RELATED: Bellbrook city manager leaving post in March

Voters in both Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Twp. will vote on a new 10-year, 0.6-mill levy for the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District. That levy would add $21 per year to the tax bill of a $100,000 home.

Light election for schools

In the past two years, Beavercreek, Fairborn and Xenia schools have all been on the ballot at least twice with tax levies or bond issues, and the Greene County Career Center had a renewal as well. May 8 will be very different.

Yellow Springs is the only school district in the entire Dayton region seeking an increase in tax funding, and two Warren County school districts have the only school renewal levies on the ballot.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Ohio, Dayton education stories of 2017

In the past four May and November elections, the Dayton region has had at least seven school levies on the ballot each time, with at least four seeking an increase in taxpayer funding.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe snarls traffic 
Crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe snarls traffic 

A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic. The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed. Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time. This story will be updated as additional information...
3-car crash reported on northbound I-675

Officials said a car merging onto northbound I-675 struck another car. One person was taken to a local hospital, but no serious injuries were reported. Crews are responding to a reported 3-vehicle crash on northbound I-675 in Washington Twp. The crash was reported around 6:50 p.m. at Mile Marker 3, just north of Ohio 725. Injuries have been reported...
This Fairfield High School senior saw a need at her school and filled it. Find out why, and how.
This Fairfield High School senior saw a need at her school and filled it. Find out why, and how.

The mission of LoveWorks is to inspire others to pay kindness forward and to celebrate those within the community who do just that. Fairfield High School senior Madi Dunn is an inspiration in paying kindness forward to her fellow students, said Angie Kenworthy, the organization’s committee chair. So she wanted to honor Dunn on Valentine&rsquo...
5 employers will be hiring at one event in Fairfield this week
5 employers will be hiring at one event in Fairfield this week

For job seekers looking to find multiple employment options in one place, OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will feature five hiring events in one day on Wednesday at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. Melissa O’Brien, the business services manager for the business and employment resource center, told this media outlet that having numerous...
Firefighters rescue 12 pets from burning house in Franklin
Firefighters rescue 12 pets from burning house in Franklin

Twelve pets, including 11 dogs and 1 bird, were rescued from a house on fire. Fire crews said when they arrived on scene of the fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane Saturday afternoon, heavy smoke and flames were showing. All the residents were able to make it out safely, but they advised of the 12 pets trapped in the house.  Crews initially said...
More Stories