Madison school voters will decide on an income tax hike

It’s been 21 years since Madison schools saw residents approve a new school income tax for day-to-day school operations and it’s too long, he said.

The 1,600-student Madison Schools, which has a single K-12 campus, is the “centerpiece” of Butler County’s rural community, Conley said.

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“We have good people in our school programs and in the administration, and they are people who care about us. I hear both pros and cons (on the tax issue) but I think it will pass and I hope it will,” he said.

There’s a lot at stake on Election Day, school officials said. Voters will decide on a 1% income tax to raise $2.4 million a year for the district, which has little commercial development and few business tax revenue streams to pay for school operations.

Currently, the district has an annual operating budget of $17 million funded in part by a previous 0.5% income tax paid by residents.

If voters approve the new 1% income tax on Tuesday, which is an ongoing tax problem with no year limit in effect, local residents would see a total of 1.5% of their earned income to fund Madison schools. .

School officials said the request for the tax hike was largely driven by a sharp cut in public funding for the school system compared to Ohio’s last biennial budget, which was approved in June with a new school funding formula.

If the proposed income tax hike fails, some budget cuts to school programs and staff will have to follow, officials have previously said.

Sandy Creach, treasurer of Madison’s school tax campaign, said “we’re rural and we don’t have all the businesses” that other school districts in the area rely on to fund their schools.

“Somebody has to put in the money for the schools,” Creach said. “And if we (the voters) wait and don’t pass it (the tax) now, the tax percentage will have to be higher the next time it’s on the ballot.”

“It’s the cheapest there is and we’re doing our best to pass it (the tax),” she said.

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