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Update on the State Biennial Budget Bill

June 17, 2021

We’d like to update you regarding the state budget process.

The House has passed the Fair School Funding Plan in their version of the state budget bill. In the Senate passed version, the Senate did NOT approve the Fair School Funding Plan, but rather, they came up with their own formula for funding schools.

The conference committee will now be convened to reconcile the differences between the House-passed and Senate-passed versions of the bill. 

Here is a brief comparison of the estimated increases in state revenue that Ontario Local Schools will receive under the House-version vs. the Senate-version:



2021-2022
2022-2023





House
$659,277
$659,277



$225,670

Total =

$884,947





Senate$189,387$189,387 



$233,097

Total =
$462,463





Difference
$469,890
$462,463

In summary, you can see that Ontario Local Schools would greatly benefit from the House-version of the Fair School Funding Plan, which takes into account what it actually costs to educate a student. The House’s version clearly ensures that Ohio finally has a constitutionally sound, equitable and adequate funding system for our schools. The Senate-version is just a continuation of poor and inequitable funding and bad policy.

Important Next Steps

The bottom line is, if the Senate-version is passed, it will cost the Ontario taxpayer more in property taxes in the future because more frequent and higher school levies will be necessary.

We have personally spoken to Senator Mark Romanchuk. His response was that he is going to support whatever the Senate leadership presents to him. Please tell Senator Romanchuk to do what is best for the Ontario taxpayer, instead of what the Senate leadership is asking, and encourage him to support the House-version of the Fair School Funding Plan.

Please contact the following Senators as soon as possible and encourage them to PASS THE HOUSE-VERSION OF THE FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING PLAN.  Please click here for a sample letter. Here are their names and email addresses:

Senator Matt Dolan    [email protected]

Senator Louis Blessing III     [email protected]

Senator Mark Romanchuk    [email protected]

In addition to the above outreach activities, the Board of Education recently this letter to Speaker of the House Robert Cupp, thanking him for his unwavering commitment and years of dedication to craft a fair, equitable and adequate approach to school funding for Ohio’s children. Speaker Cupp knows he is supported by our Board of Education and Administration as he fights for the Fair School Funding Plans.

 

Lisa Carmichael                                                       Randy Harvey

SUPERINTENDENT                                                TREASURER

Ontario Schools Revenue Vs. Expenditure per Pupil


The District Profile Report information is provided by the Ohio Department of Education.  The reports compare all of the public schools in Richland County and the five surrounding counties.  The bottom of each report shows where we rank in the State.


The links below contain a history of financial updates that have been provided to the Ontario School District taxpayers.  Our message has been consistent that the State has not been providing our school district the full share of their funding formula obligation for years.  If the State continues to NOT fund us fully, this will cause us to ask our local taxpayers to make up the difference. Unfortunately, this burden will present itself in the form of a new money levy in the near future. Our hope is that you will join us in contacting our State legislators and urge them to fully fund their financial obligations by giving us the money that they owe us through their formula!
 

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