Wilmington Schools Seek Income Tax Renewal
WILMINGTON — With the May 3 primary election approaching and an existing levy up for renewal, the Wilmington City Schools (WCS) treasurer presented a financial report at this week’s school board meeting.
The WCS District is seeking to renew its 1% income tax first enacted 20 years ago. In last fall’s election, the same 5-year levy renewal proposal was defeated by a margin of 168 votes, with a school district turnout of just under 28%.
The WCS income tax provides 16 percent of the school district’s total operating revenue, said WCS Treasurer Kim DeWeese. Income tax generates about $5 million a year.
The annual net effect for WCS of Ohio’s New Fair funding plan will be an increase of $491,477, WCS officials said.
In addition to local income tax, WCS receives funding from local property taxes.
When it comes to property tax, the WCS mileage is 27.3 compared to the Ohio average of 50.03, according to the WCS website.
The Wilmington School District hasn’t asked for a property tax increase in more than 20 years, the website says.
“Due to no new property taxes, WCS collects nearly $2,300 less per student in property tax than the state average,” according to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the website. .
If the income tax renewal fails to gain voter approval, it is projected that for fiscal year 2023 (FY23), WCS expenses would exceed revenues by $2.8 million, according to a PowerPoint slide presented by DeWeese.
The WCS website says the district spends $450 less on administrative costs per student than the Ohio average.
“WCS is focused on investing funds in classroom-level education, mental health, and operations,” the website adds.
The website points out that the proposed income tax renewal has the same rate as before.
The school district’s current 1% income tax will expire at the end of 2022.
Early voting for the May primary elections is set to begin next Tuesday, April 5. The voter registration deadline is Monday, April 4.
For more information or to ask questions regarding district finances, you may contact the WCS Treasurer’s Office at 937-382-1641, ext. 7493.
During the school board session, the district treasurer announced that the district received a $12,710 security grant from Ohio for fiscal year 2022. The grant dollars will be used to install security cameras at Holmes Primary School.
Last summer, security cameras were installed at Denver Place Elementary, also thanks to a security grant.
The board approved a new certified position titled Early Years Coordinator. The Early Years Coordinator will work closely with the preschool program leadership and Step Up to Quality program requirements, the meeting agenda states.
The Early Years Coordinator will also work closely with the Building Administrator and District Director of Student Services to coordinate services, professional development, coaching and support to staff, families and students at the preschool and kindergarten.
The coordinator will be hired on the teacher salary scale, with 10 extended working days.
The council meeting was held at the college, and student recognition was given to four Wilmington middle school girls named winners of a county-wide Black History Month essay contest for young people ( with an essay length of 250 to 500 words). The four students are Makenna Dorsch, Autumn Byrd, Sara Weller and Morgan Mertz.
WCS Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart said she understands writing an essay was not required for any class and that those who participated went above and beyond their regular schoolwork.
“We truly commend everyone who participated, using your skills and your voice through your writing on a very important subject,” the superintendent said.
Contact Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.
Wilmington High School student-athletes who qualified for the Hurricane State of the Winter Sports season were celebrated this week. From left to right they are swimmer Jordan Davis, freshman bowler Kylie Fisher, bowler Hunter Gallion, wrestler Thane McCoy and wrestler Thad Stuckey. WHS state qualifiers not shown are wrestlers Carson Hibbs and Brett Brooks.
The Wilmington School Board has recognized four Wilmington Middle School (WMS) winners of a recent countywide Black History Month essay writing contest. They are, from left to right, Morgan Mertz, Sara Weller, Autumn Byrd and Makenna Dorsch. WMS students wrote four of the five winning entries, with Blanchester Middle School student Aisley Czaika filling out the winners roll call.
Wilmington City Schools Treasurer Kim DeWeese reports on district finances and the proposed income tax renewal.