Superintendent Blog

Kings Operating Levy 2016

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Dear Kings Community,

The Kings Local School District’s Board of Education voted to put a 6.2 mill levy on the November 8 ballot.  New funds are critical to fund the day to day operations of the district.  We are anticipating increases in expenditures in multiple areas for the district including personnel, transportation, special education, as well as increases due to increasing enrollment.

Our district has been flat funded from the State of Ohio since 2010 and the state eliminated the Tangible Personal Property Tax, which will be a loss for Kings of $4 million dollars per year. Additionally, we receive below average funding per student.
 
The five-year forecast projects a negative cash balance by the fall of 2018, as supported by an independent review from the Ohio Department of Education on October 10, 2016. By law, the district cannot operate with a negative cash balance, thus causing the need for additional funding.
 
There is a special interest group called COAST (Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes) from outside of our community spreading misleading information about our schools and the proposed levy.  COAST works to serve their own special interest, even at the expense of our students and community. It is important to me that you receive the FACTS of our district's financial situation.
 
Please visit our Levy Information Page on our website where you can find answers to frequently asked questions, as well as our response to the COAST mailer you may have received.  
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your support of Kings Schools.

Sincerely,

Tim A. Ackermann
Superintendent
tackermann@kingslocal.net