When will the levy be on the ballot?

May 2, 2017

When will the levy show on my tax bill?

January, 2018

How many mills will the levy be?

The levy is 4.9 mills, with 4.4 mills to be used for operating expenses and 0.5 mill to be used for permanent improvements (PI).

How much will this levy cost me?

The net increase in taxes, after the 1998 Rocky River Middle School Bond Issue is retired, will be about $8 per month per $100,000 of valuation. The exact amount will be certified by the County Fiscal Officer.

What is the Rocky River Middle School Bond Issue and how does it impact my taxes?

In 1998, the residents of Rocky River approved a 2.35 mill bond issue that provided funds to construct the new middle school.  The debt repayment will end December, 2017 and the tax duplicate will be reduced starting in January, 2018. 

How will the money be spent?

4.4 mills will be used for operating expenses and 0.5 mill will be used for permanent improvements (PI)  

What is the difference between Operating Expenses and Permanent Improvements?

Operating expenses are the day to day costs of running a school district such as textbooks, classroom supplies, salaries and benefits for personnel, utilities and repairs. 

Permanent improvements to school property and assets are generally considered to be items lasting for five years or more, including major improvements to buildings and grounds. The proceeds from a permanent improvement levy can not be used for a district's current operating expenses.

How much does 1 mill generate?

One mill generates about $782,936 annually.  This levy will generate $3,444,918 for operating expenses and $391,386 for permanent improvements annually.

How does the District manage its budget to keep costs in line?

The District aggressively works to contain costs.  The District participates in consortium/group purchasing for healthcare, utilities, food, equipment and materials.   Our partnership with the City of Rocky River includes funding for the artificial turf field, gasoline purchasing and facility usage (ice rink, tennis courts).

When was the last levy?

In 2012, voters passed a 4.9 mill operating levy.  Although the District’s traditional levy cycle is three years, the District was able to extend this to five years.

Why do schools need to increase taxes every few years?
House Bill 920 restricts growth in school revenue despite increased property valuation. As property values rise, the voted millage used to fund schools is rolled back by a like amount. Therefore, growth in school income is severely limited even though school operating costs (electricity, fuel, technology, books, insurance, staffing, etc.) continue to increase.  This forces school districts to return to the voters periodically in order to keep up with inflation, increases in student enrollment, unfunded state and federal mandates and other operating increases.  

Despite efforts to reform school funding, the major source of income for Ohio school districts continues to be property taxes.  In fact, over 83% of our school district’s revenues are generated from local sources. 

Questions About the May 2 Levy