Lakota Local Schools officials will decide at its Thursday board meeting whether to join in asking its residents to approve the 10-year property tax increase.
BCES and school district officials agreed to a June 28 deadline for deciding to join the new school taxing district.
Chris Brown, superintendent of the BCES, said, “we have received official withdraw from Madison and I was told last night that Edgewood voted to join at their meeting night and that Middletown tabled the vote to gather more community input.”
“So as of this minute we have Edgewood in, Madison and Middletown out. I expect votes this week in a number of other districts,” said Brown, who added he isn’t surprised by some districts declining to sign up for the new tax, which was created for Ohio schools by a new law approved in March.
“I understand that each district has its own unique characteristics in regards to finances and safety. Each district must examine all factors when choosing any type of levy and this would be no different,” he said.
Jones sharply criticized Hamilton’s school board for its participation as he unveiled what he said Monday will be the first of a series of billboards critical of some local school boards he claims have been slow to make school security upgrades a priority.
Jones said his objections about the proposed school tax hike is partially based on the rapid time schedule participants are pushing to get the 1.5 mills certified for the ballot — determining how much each district will collect over the levy’s 10 years.
“Some of these school boards — including Hamilton — are trying to put this on the ballot for quick, fast money,” said Jones.
“I want schools to be safe but at this point, until they prove to me what they are going to spend this money for, I’m not going to support this levy,” he said. “I believe most of them (districts) already have enough money to (improve) school security.”
But, Jones added, “I could change my mind.”