Levy Information

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools Board unanimously voted to place a 7.5 mill replacement operating levy on the May 7 ballot. This is due to the burdensome unfunded and underfunded mandates, the inadequacy of the state funding system, and rising costs for our school district. These funds will be used to continue our excellent and innovative programs, purchase technology devices and infrastructure, replace old buses, purchase curriculum resources, and to continue to provide competitive salaries to attract great teachers. This levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 house an additional $17.59 per month or $211.59 per year. To learn more, check out the information below.
 
If you have any questions, please contact: 
Dr. Douglas Cozad, Superintendent 937-848-5001 option 5 then 2 
Mr. Kevin Liming, Treasurer at 937-848-5001 option 5 then 3
 
 
DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING FINANCIAL FACTS ABOUT BELLBROOK-SUGARCREEK LOCAL SCHOOLS?

Did you know that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools has placed a 7.5 mill replacement continuing operating levy on the ballot for May, 2019 and will collect about $4,120,000 annually, an increase of about $3,077,000 over what it is currently collecting. This will cost the taxpayer about $17.59 per month or $211.13 additionally per year per $100,000 of property value. 
 
Did you know that the district’s October, 2018 5-year Forecast, shows a deficit of approximately $3.2 million in school year 2021-22?

Did you know that the district has spent $3,070,300 on unfunded or underfunded state and federal mandates in 2017-18?  These include College Credit Plus, Special Education, Gifted Education, Preschool, Charter/Community Schools and English Language Learners.

Did you know that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools received only 27% of its funding from the state? The average district in the state receives about 44% funding from the state. B.S. S. also receives federal funding of about 6%.  Local taxpayers fund 67% of the balance.

Did you know that a levy passed in 2019 would not be collected until 2020?

Did you know that the assessed value of the property in the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local School District has increased from $171 million in 1994 to $565 million in 2018, tripling?  This is an increase of 330%. State funding to school districts is cut (charged off) or frozen, when local property values increase. 

Did you know that even with all of the new housing, the school district only receives a minimal amount of new money? In calendar year 2018, this only amounted to about 1% of our $28 million budget. 

Did you know that our October School Enrollment (ADM Average Daily Membership) increased from 1,915 students in 1994 to 2,734 students in 2018?  This is a 43% increase in 25 years.

Did you know that we are one of only two schools in Greene County who have NOT passed an income tax levy for school funding purposes?

Did you know that the money received from this operating levy will be used to continue our excellent and innovative programs, technology devices and infrastructure, replacement of old buses, curriculum resources, and to continue to provide competitive salaries to attract great teachers?

Did you know that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools received an “A” on the 2018 State School Report card and was 1 of only 28 in the entire state to receive this grade? Our graduation rate of 96.4% earned an “A” on the state report card, student attendance rate is 96.2%, and the number of 3rd graders that met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee was 100%?

Did you know that the average school district in the State of Ohio spends about 80-86% of its budget on salaries and fringes benefits?  In 2017-18, Bellbrook- Sugarcreek Local Schools spent 79% on salaries and fringes benefits.
 
Did you know that Bellbrook Sugarcreek Schools has placed a 7.5 mill replacement levy on the ballot for May, 2019 and will collect about $4,120,000 annually, an increase of about $3,077,000 over what it is currently collecting? This will cost the taxpayer about $17.59 per month or $211.13 additionally per year per $100,000 of property value.

Did you know that a replacement levy will collect at the current property valuation instead of at the property valuation when originally passed?

Did you know that the school district made about $500,000 in spending reductions for the 2018-19 school year?

Did you know that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools uses the Educational Purchasing Consortium (EPC) and the Greene County Educational Service Center (GCESC) to utilize shared services and purchasing to save the school district money?

Did you know that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools utilized HB 264 for the School Energy Performance Contracting Project and has saved approximately $140,000 per year for the past 2 years in energy savings?

Did you know that the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Board of Education saved the taxpayers of the district over $2.2 million in future bond principal and interest payments by doing a bond issue refunding in 2006 on the 2003 and 1994 bond issues that were passed for building construction and renovation? This is similar to a refinancing of a loan. An additional refunding was completed in 2016, saving the taxpayers $6.93 million over the remaining 15 years of the bond issue.

Did you know Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools ranked 5th out of 7 Greene County School Districts in percentage of revenue received through state funding for fiscal year 2016-17?
 
 Fairborn47% 
 Xenia45% 
Greeneview42% 
Cedar Cliff 38% 
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek27% 
Beavercreek 23% 
Yellow Springs 21% 
State Average 44% 
Similar Districts 25% 
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPENDITURES PER PUPIL ALL FUNDS 2016-17 (LATEST AVAILABLE COMPARISON NUMBER):
STATE$11,603 
GREENE COUNTY$10,768 
BELLBROOK-SUGARCREEK $10,948
SIMILAR DISTRICTS $11,082 
 
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