AUGUST 2020 OPERATING LEVY INFORMATION
Voting Information – Special Election August 4, 2020
When will the election occur? The special election will now occur on August 4, 2020.
What kind of election is it? August 4, 2020 is a special election.
Where do I register to vote? Voter Registration Information: https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/
You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. Upcoming voter registration deadlines:
- July 6, 2020 for the August 4, 2020 Special Election
If you register or update your information after the deadline, the change will apply for the next election.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Findlay City Schools Financial Request?
This is NOT a permanent levy. Findlay City Schools will place an operating levy on the special election ballot on the August 4, 2020 election. The district is asking for a 5.90 mill five-year levy that will generate just over $5 million dollars to support the day-to-day operations of our district. At the end of year five, the voters will have an opportunity to decide if they want to renew this levy.
Why is the Findlay City Schools Operating Levy Needed?
Our schools are facing increasing daily operating costs, costly state mandates, and much needed advanced educational programs with decreased state funding. More costs with less funding are why we are facing a critical budget deficit. Our schools will run out of money in 2022, forcing staff cuts and a reduction in advanced curricula that would jeopardize our students’ access to the education they need. Essentially, we would be taking a huge step backwards, undoing more than a decade worth of advancements.
Our district hasn’t passed an operating levy increase in nearly 16 years; other school districts ask every 8 years on average. This shows that our district’s fiscal discipline and careful planning has ensured we were able to go twice as long as other similar-sized districts. The last time we received additional operating dollars was in 2004.
If the operating levy passes, what will it cost me?
This operating levy will cost a homeowner $17.21 a month per $100,000 of home value. You can feel confident that this is a great value for our schools, our students, and our community’s future.
What has Findlay City Schools done to reduce cost before coming to the voters for additional dollars?
To demonstrate our fiscal commitment, Findlay City Schools has improved our long-term financial viability by:
- Asking our staff to contribute more to their healthcare costs.
- Embracing consolidation and efficiencies by going from three middle schools to two which has saved us $1.1 million dollars.
- Continuing to consolidate and right-size based on enrollment.
- Upgrading our buildings to ensure energy savings.
- Reducing supervisory and staff levels.
What is Findlay City Schools plan for the additional income?
We are asking for a five-year levy that will generate enough money to maintain the advancements we have made. Findlay City Schools is currently in deficit spending; this operating levy will bring us back into a positive cash flow situation. These levy dollars will protect our staffing levels and ensure we continue to offer a competitive learning environment for our students.
Is this levy the same as the Safety and Security Levy?
This operating levy is NOT for Safety or Security. The dollars collected from this levy go directly to maintain the high-quality learning opportunities that Findlay City Schools strives to provide every day.
What happens if the Operating Levy Fails?
If the levy were to fail, the school district would only provide the core classes mandated by the state. Advanced placement and elective classes as well as extracurricular opportunities would be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Also, staff reductions would be looked at immediately, increasing class sizes and impacting our students’ learning environment.