The November 7, 2023 Issue 32
Two Phase NCCS Facilities Project
Phase One consolidated three PreK-2nd buildings into North Canton Primary School and two 3rd-5th buildings into North Canton Intermediate School in August 2023. Phase One was paid for through a March 2020 bond issue.
Phase Two will bring $33.8 million in state money from Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) along with $27.8 million locally funded with Issue 32.
Passage of the bond issue would result in the following:
The OFCC requires a maintenance levy for ongoing maintenance of new buildings in order to release the $33.8 million in state funds. These fixed state funds are currently more than half of the expense for replacing North Canton Middle School.
The proposed bond issue for November 2023 is for 1.6 mills and will be accompanied by a 0.7 mill Permanent Improvement Levy that collectively will fund a new Middle School and renovations to Hoover High School. This phase of the building project will also allow North Canton City Schools to capitalize on $33.8 million of state aid that is available through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The total of 2.3 mills that will be on the ballot for our local share, will cost homeowners $6.71 per $100,000 of appraised value by the Stark County Auditor per month or $80.50 per year.
In the fall of 2019, the school district held two Community Facilities meetings to determine if residents wanted to address a facility project and the configuration. The conclusion was to move forward with a Phase I Facilities Project presented to the Board of Education, which placed a 3.6 mill bond issue on the March 17, 2020 ballot. The Phase I bond issue passed.
A Facility Design Committee was formed including teachers and staff to assist the architects. The Phase I buildings were completed and opened in August 2023.
Community Meetings were held in 2023 to gather input from the community regarding Phase II. The Board passed resolutions for a November 2023 ballot issue to fund Phase II – a new middle school and renovations at Hoover High School in the amount of 2.3 mills.
A bond issue is a property tax levy used to provide a school district with local revenue for construction purposes. The county auditor determines the rate of a bond levy needed each year to service the principal and interest owed on the amount of bonded debt approved by voters when they approved the bond levy. Bond levies remain in place until the debt (principal and interest) is fully paid. Issue 32 is a bond for construction.
A permanent improvement levy is to provide a school district with local revenue for the construction or acquisition of any specific permanent improvement or class of improvements. A “permanent improvement” is any property or asset having an estimated useful life of five years or more. Only taxes for “general ongoing permanent improvements” can be levied for a continuing period of time. As part of our partnership with the OFCC, we are required to create a 0.5 mill Maintenance Fund, through the passage of a permanent improvement levy, for the long-term care and upkeep of the new buildings.