HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC)- Five Butler County school districts have joined together and will ask voters to support a tax levy for school safety in November.
The school security tax levy is something new the legislature came up with, but it's only for safety upgrades.
The districts involved are Edgewood, Fairfield, Hamilton, Monroe and New Miami.
It would cost a property owner about $53 per $100,000 of assessed home value. The amount of money each district receives is based on the number of students it has. The levy is for 10 years.
“That guarantees that we’ll always have that money for the next 10 years to spend it on that alone. So, even if our school financing went down via the state, we would still have that money for safety and security items that are so desperately needed,” Larry Knapp, Hamilton City Schools superintendent said.
If you live in one of the five districts, you will get a vote. The majority rules no matter how individual districts vote. If the levy passes in three of the five but fails the other two, as long as there are more total votes for it than against it, it would pass. The two districts it failed in would still be a part of it and still pay into it. All the districts would benefit from it.