Troy schools seek earned income tax

TROY — The Troy City Schools Board of Education took its first step of two to place an earned income tax levy on the Nov. 3 ballot on Thursday.

President Tom Kleptz was not present at the meeting.

The board of education will meet at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3 to review the second step to seek the new tax. The board must file by 4 p.m. Aug. 5 with the board of elections for the issue to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. The earned income tax would raise $2 million per year if passed for general operating costs.

The district currently has a continuous 1.5 percent income tax. According to treasurer Jeff Price, the district anticipates the tax will be around 0.25 percent to raise the $2 million by earned income tax per year. For those making $1,000 per month, $2.50 would be collected through the additional tax. The tax would only apply to those with earned income, if passed.

Superintendent Chris Piper said the last time Troy City Schools requested additional operating dollars was 2006.

“Since that time, we have demonstrated strong fiscal responsibility while maintaining our neighborhood schools. The state of Ohio cut our funding nearly by almost $900,000 last year and will be at least that much again this year,” he said. “At the same time, we have increased costs due to COVID-19, including: personal protective equipment (PPE), increased cleaning and sanitizing, food service, and providing a Chromebook for all students to support online learning,” Piper said. “Although we have made significant changes in order to control operating and maintenance costs, we cannot go deeper without negatively affecting student programs.

“We request these additional operating dollars now so we can continue to provide the high quality learning opportunities that our students deserve and our community has come to expect.”

The board also approved the district’s reopening plan. The first day of school for students will be Sept. 8.