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Issue 10 Levy Info

Issue 10 is a substitute operating levy for the Little Miami Local School District and will appear on the March 17, 2020 ballot.

This levy is a renewal of the expiring 2015 levy and would mean no new taxes for district residents.

Read the ballot language for Issue 10.

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Why a substitute levy?

A substitute levy is the only type of ballot issue that can replace an emergency levy and can be for 5 years, 10 years or continuous. Issue 10 is a continuous levy.

A substitute levy allows a school district to collect a small amount of increased property tax revenue from any new construction that occurs inside district boundaries during each tax year.

Since this is not considered a new levy, qualifying property owners will not lose the 12.5% in tax reimbursement they currently receive.

The levy will collect $10.6 million annually, which is the originally-voted amount from 2011, and the amount that was renewed by voters in 2015. That $10.6 million represents about a fifth of the district’s annual budget and is crucial to district operations.

According to the Warren County Auditor, the millage amount for the substitute levy will be 9.92, which is a full four mills less than the originally approved 13.95-mill issue in 2011.



Q. Why does Little Miami need this renewal?
The current levy is expiring at the end of 2020, and the amount collected from this levy represents one-fifth of the district’s operating budget.

Q. Wasn’t Little Miami just on the ballot recently?
A. Little Miami voters approved a bond issue in May 2018. By law, bond dollars can only be used for construction, not operations. The 2018 bond issue is paying for additions to the intermediate, junior high and high school, and a new PreK/K/1 building. 

Q. Why is Little Miami asking for a continuous levy?
A. In a word: Growth. When the original levy was passed in 2011, the district had 3,823 students. The district has stretched those 2011 dollars for nine years, while growing by more than 1,300 students. This continuous levy means no new taxes for residents, but provides financial stability for Little Miami as enrollment numbers are projected to rise for the next 10 years and beyond.

Q. Don’t school districts get more tax money with every new house that gets built?
A. More houses do not necessarily mean more money for schools. By law, an operating levy can only be collected for a set amount. This levy was locked in at $10.6 million in 2011 and has remained that amount since. However, more houses means more properties to share the tax burden, meaning a decrease in the amount each property owner must pay.

Q. What is the millage amount on this levy?
A. Issue 10 is a 9.92 mill substitute levy and is not a new tax. The emergency issue passed in 2011 at 13.95 mills, but due to the increase in property valuation within the district, 9.92 mills will raise the same amount for the 2021 tax year.

Q. March 17 is a primary election and I have not declared a party. Can I still vote? 
A. You do not have to declare a party to vote in a primary election. Any registered voter may request an “issues only” ballot at his or her polling location.