Funding Ohio Schools
Fixing Unconstitutional Practices
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the property tax-based funding mechanisms unconstitutional and has asked the General Assembly to address this matter. No action for over twenty years has been made. Fixing the financing and putting all districts on a sounder, fairer financial basis is going to greatly alleviate other related problems.
One example that has shown to be more stable and reliable for a school district’s planning is a permanent local income tax levy that some districts employ rather than relying on periodic renewals of property taxes or even increases, if fortunate enough to get passed. State-wide adoption of an alternative tax levy, probably income based, could be the right way forward. HB 305 may be the answer we need.