The coming March 17 vote is an electoral rematch of sorts since almost the same amount of school tax increase was on the November ballot, where it lost by only 146 votes out of 7,296 cast.
Former Deerfield Twp. Trustee Joe Mettey said he is seeing more opposition this time around.
“The majority of voters said ‘no’ the last time and they will be coming back again,” said Mettey. “And the school district asking for a 37-year-bond issue is too long of time. That’s what I’m hearing in the community.”
But long-time resident Sherri Holzman is worried about overcrowding and its impact on student learning.
“Folks can debate enrollment numbers and projections, but all you have to do is look in our classrooms,” said Holzman, whose granddaughter attends Kings.
“The students are already here. We do not have enough space to adequately serve them. We must do something, and we should do it right. Every single student, in every building, will benefit from this plan immediately.”
Kings, which includes communities in Deerfield Twp., Landen, Kings Mills and South Lebanon, has 4,636 students and is regularly rated among the top academic performers in Ohio, and its high school has been lauded as among the top 100 in the U.S.
If approved by voters, the newly proposed, 4.7-mill tax increase would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $165 per year.