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School Levy Fact Sheets: Franklin County

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Opportunity Ohio recently released dozens of Fiscal-Teacher Data Charts for school districts with tax levies on the November ballot. With in-person absentee voting beginning October 2, it’s important for voters to consider this information and share it with neighbors.

Starting with central Ohio, the following districts are partially or entirely located in Franklin County. In every district seeking a levy this November, school spending has far outpaced growth in median household income. In every district but New Albany, average teacher pay has increased at a greater rate than median household income. In each district except Worthington, the number of full-time teachers has increased at a much higher rate than enrollment.

Click the district name to see the Opportunity Ohio analysis in PDF format.

Dublin City Schools

Should voters approve the November levy, property taxes in the Dublin City School district will increase by approximately $213 per $100,000 of value. This would amount to a property tax increase of nearly 14 percent.

The district plans to increase spending by an average of 4.8 percent annually – two and a half times the rate of inflation – from 2012-2016. Spending has gone up every year since 2009.

From 2001 to 2011, Dublin City Schools’ spending increased by 87.5 percent as funding from all tax sources increased by 82 percent. Per-pupil spending increased by 52.9 percent during the same period, while median household income in Dublin increased 24.8 percent from 2001-2010.

Dublin City Schools saw an 18.5 percent increase in enrollment from 2001-2011, and a 24.1 percent increase in the number of full-time teachers. At the same time, the average Dublin teacher’s salary increased by 46.7 percent – to $69,761 in 2011.

Licking Heights Local Schools

If voters approve the Licking Heights Local Schools levy in November, property taxes will increase by $273 per $100,000 of value – an increase of almost 17 percent.

The school district plans to increase spending by an average of 4.6 percent annually from 2012 to 2016. Since 2009, spending has gone up each year.

From 2001 to 2011, Licking Heights Local Schools increased spending by 260.2 percent as income from all taxes increased by 216 percent. Spending per pupil increased by 42.8 percent during the same period, while median household income increased 11 percent.

Enrollment in the district increased by 60.4 percent from 2001-2011. During the same period, Licking Heights Local Schools increased its number of full-time teachers by 145 percent, with the average teacher’s salary increasing 21.8 percent.

New Albany-Plain Local Schools

The New Albany-Plain Local Schools levy on the November ballot would increase property taxes by about 12 percent, adding $209 per $100,000 of appraised value to homeowner’s annual tax bills.

By current budget plans, district spending will increase an average of 6.1 percent each year from 2012 to 2016. Spending has increased every year since 2009.

New Albany-Plain Local School District increased spending by 204.3 percent from 2001 to 2011, while income from all taxes increased 211 percent. During the same period, median household income in the district increased by 52.3 percent and school spending per pupil increased 40.9 percent.

The number of students in New Albany-Plain Local Schools increased 53.8 percent from 2001-2011, and the number of full-time teachers increased by 106.7 percent at the same time.

The average teacher’s salary in the district was $64,553 in 2011 – a 51.8 percent increase from ten years earlier. The average number of days worked by New Albany-Plain Local Schools teachers dropped 4.1 percent from 2001-2011, from 184.5 to 176.9.

Upper Arlington City Schools

If Upper Arlington City School District residents approve the November levy, property taxes will increase by $178 per $100,000 in home value, a more than 12 percent increase.

The district plans to increase spending by an average of 3.8 percent per year from 2012-2016, and spending has gone up every year since 2009.

From 2001 to 2011, Upper Arlington City Schools increased spending by 57.6 percent – a 52.7 percent increase in per-pupil spending – as  funding from all taxes increased by 61.6 percent. Median household income increased by 27.5 percent during the same period.

Enrollment in the district grew by 2.6 percent from 2001-2011, and the number of full-time teachers increased by 13.4 percent. Over the course of the decade, average teacher salary increased 37.8 percent, to $74,874 in 2011.

Worthington City Schools

Property taxes in the Worthington City School District will increase by nearly 14 percent if the November levy passes, adding $211 per $100,000 in value to homeowner’s annual tax bills.

Worthington City Schools plan to increase spending by an average of 2.7 percent each year from 2012 to 2016. Spending has increased every year since 2009.

The district’s total tax funding increased by 38 percent from 2001 to 2011, and the district increased spending by 31.2 percent during that period. Per-pupil spending grew by 44.3 percent, as median household income increased by 20.3 percent.

The number of students in the Worthington City School District dropped by 9.7 percent from 2001-2011, while the number of full-time teachers decreased by 10 percent. At the same time, average teacher pay increased by 40.1 percent, to $74,737 in 2011.

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