NEW PARIS — The National Trail School District income tax levy is up for renewal on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The district is asking voters to continue to support a measure first voted into place in 2005, then renewed in 2009 and 2014.
The levy is intended to help school administrators provide a well-rounded education for National Trail’s students, as well as meeting the school district’s day-to-day operating costs, according to superintendent Bob Fischer.
The National Trail Board of Education passed a resolution placing the levy on the ballot during its June 27, 2019 public meeting. The levy will not increase taxes, according to Fischer, and the anticipated revenue of approximately $1 million per year will help cover operating expenses such as utilities, fuel for buses, classroom supplies, employee costs, athletic costs, and building and grounds upkeep and maintenance.
“Our goal is to make sure that we’re fiscally responsible to our taxpayers,” Fischer said.
To that end, the school district shares costs with a number of partner organizations in the community, according to Fischer, including Gebhart Counseling Solutions, Preble County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Ohio Computer Association, Preble County Mental Health Board, Henny Penny, Preble County Development Partnership, Preble County Juvenile Court, Preble County Job and Family Services, Butler County Educational Service Center, Preble County Chamber of Commerce, Preble County Educational Service Center, Darke County Educational Service Center, Montgomery County Educational Service Center, and other Preble County school districts.
“In addition, the district is a member of an educational purchasing cooperative that pulls together to purchase items such as natural gas, electricity, paper, cafeteria and maintenance supplies, health insurance, and buses at discounted prices through various group purchasing consortiums,” Fischer said.
The .75-mill levy will remain in effect for five years, if approved, and will tax income from wages, salaries, tips, interest, annuities, IRA distributions, unemployment compensation, capital gains, self-employment, pensions, alimony, state and local bond interest, and dividends, according to a statement released by the school district. It will not tax social security benefits, worker’s compensation, child support, welfare benefits, property received as a gift or inheritance, or disability and survivor benefits.
The levy will tax residents in the district approximately $7.50 for every $1000 of adjusted gross income, as calculated on their Ohio income tax return. So, for instance, a resident making $30,000 would be taxed approximately $225 per year, or $18.75 per month.