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Butler County ESC Proposes County School Financing District
Posted By:  Adam Marcum
Monday, June 18, 2018

HAMILTON, OH - In response to renewed calls for increased school safety measures and mental health support in public schools nationwide, the Butler County Educational Service Center has proposed the use of a new Ohio tax law to improve school district safety throughout Butler County.

Effective March 30, 2018, Ohio Senate Bill 226 authorizes educational service centers to create “county school financing districts (CSFD),” allowing them to levy a countywide tax exclusively for school safety and security and mental health services, including training and employment of or contracting for the services of safety personnel, mental health personnel, social workers and counselors.

“We were asked by our member districts to explore this new alternative to funding the safety and security of our schools in Butler County,” said BCESC Superintendent Chris Brown. “As an ESC, we are in a unique position to provide this service to our families, students and districts countywide.”

The Butler County ESC Governing Board will vote on a resolution to create a CSFD in a special board meeting on June 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM at 400 N. Erie Hwy. Upon its approval, city school district boards must in turn pass a matching resolution to join the CSFD, while local school district boards must vote to withdraw from it. If a district elects to participate, voters can expect to see the school safety and security levy on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2018.

Butler County would be the second county in Ohio to utilize the new law, preceded by Stark County ESC in the Aug. 7, 2018 special election.

A committee of district members has identified a 10-year, 1.5 mill levy based on property valuation as the most effective and equitable option at this time. Once distributed, each district may allocate revenue as they see fit, so long as it falls within the broader definition of safety and security outlined in S.B. 226.

At this time, although no districts have passed the necessary resolutions, the following Butler County school districts have expressed interest in participating in the CSFD: Edgewood, Fairfield, Hamilton, Monroe, New Miami and Ross. If a district elects to opt out of the CSFD, the issue would not appear on its ballot and residents would not have the additional tax levied.


UPDATE:

The Butler County ESC Governing Board passed a resolution to create a Butler County School Financing District in a special board meeting on June 20, 2018. Districts participating in the CSFD as of July 23, 2018 include Edgewood, Fairfield, Hamilton, Monroe and New Miami.



 

 

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