Analysis of Springboro Levy


LevyFacts number one concern is Springboro Schools inability to align expenditures with incoming funding and provide a realistic explanation why expenditures must increase much faster than the rate of inflation and enrollment. The second major concern is converting a renewal levy that must be presented to the voters every five years into a continuing levy that will never again be approved by the taxpayers.  The conversion removes all possible fiscal oversight for the member of this community. That is not a good idea.

With respect to Springboro Schools, LevyFacts is concerned about the uncontrolled growth in spending. Revenue has increased radically, but expenses have soared with no end in sight. Most of this spending has gone to employee compensation and not to the classroom where it could be used to bolster the district’s very poor Report Card scores in K-3 Literacy, Gap Closing, and other academic areas in need of improvement.

LevyFacts believes a continuing levy is not in the best of parents and local community. When school officials must occasionally seek renewal for a portion of their funding, they must carefully reassess their financial needs.  Being forced to do that every five years is a good idea. A levy renewal also reminds school officials that parents and the community have a say in how schools are run.  You wouldn’t pay a contractor all his money up front and hope for the best, and the same applies to the service schools provide.  Springboro parents and community  have control over less than 15% of school funding and they shouldn’t relinquish the little that remains. It is easy to understand why school officials prefer to have 100% of funding guaranteed forever.  But, that is not a good thing for parents and the community.