Pickerington to seek school levy

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If Pickerington area voters approve a permanent 5 mill school levy this November, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $68.55 per year in taxes.

If approved, the levy would provide Pickerington Local Schools with $5.1 million a year.

An existing 5 mill levy expires at the end of the year and if voters do not approve the issue in November, the Pickerington Board of Education would lose a funding source upon which they have relied for many years.

"During the approximate 14 years since the original 5 mill levy was approved by voters, the district’s enrollment has doubled in size from about 5,000 to 10,000 students," said Cathy Olshefski, chair of Vote for Pick Kids. "The revenue from the original 5 mill has remained flat at approximately $2.8 million throughout this entire time frame."

The Ohio Department of Education lists Pickerington schools as the fifth fastest growing district in the state.

Pickerington’s average daily membership for the 2006-07 school year was 10,156, which is an increase of 278 students or 2.82 percent from the 2005-06 school year, according to Pickerington Schools Communications Director Amanda Morris.

Between the 2004-05 school year and the 2005-06 school year the district gained 511 students for a 5.45 percent increase.  Pickerington’s growth is currently out-pacing other local school districts including Dublin City Schools, Canal Winchester Local School District and Hilliard City Schools, Morris said.

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