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Issue 12 Levy Info

UPDATE: Issue 12 was passed by a vote of 11,014 for the tax levy vs. 9,675 against the tax levy. Thank you to the voters and supporters of Little Miami for passing this much-needed levy renewal! This passage will allow the district to continue to collect the same amount of annual revenue it has done since this renewal was originally approved in 2011. It will not increase taxes for residents, but it will greatly assist in managing the budget in such a challenging time. We are thrilled for the future of Little Miami!

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 12.

View an Issue 12 FAQ.

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Why a renewal levy?

The Little Miami Local School District will ask voters in November to renew an expiring levy that will help avert a budget deficit that could come as early as 2022.

Issue 12 will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot and asks voters to renew an operating levy that expires at the end of 2020. Passage of Issue 12 would generate $10.6 million annually for district operations, which represents one-fifth of Little Miami’s operating budget.

This ballot issue is different from the levy that appeared in March in one important way: It is not a continuous levy. Instead, it is a five-year renewal request. Board members said they received feedback from voters that urged them to not pursue a continuous levy.

Because this is a renewal of an existing levy, it means no new taxes for residents, and it means qualifying property owners will not lose the 12.5% in tax reimbursement they currently receive from the state.

The Board of Education placed the same millage request before voters in March, but the issue was defeated.

Issue 12 is a renewal of a renewal, with the original ballot issue having been passed in 2011. The district has stretched those 2011 dollars for nine years, while growing by more than 1,300 students. This 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.

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

Why does Little Miami need this renewal?

Wasn’t Little Miami just on the ballot recently?

Is Little Miami taking steps to responsibly manage its budget?

Don’t school districts get more tax money with every new house that gets built?

What is the millage amount on this levy?