Voters pass Kettering City Schools tax levy

KETTERING — Kettering residents chose to approve a new school levy this Election Day.

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If passed, the 5.99 mill levy would cost $209.65 annually to a person with property valued at $100,000.

In an October school board meeting, Superintendent Melinda McCarty-Stewart and Treasurer Cary Furniss said If the levy doesn’t pass in 2022, approximately $3.1 million in reductions would need to be implemented prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year to keep a second levy attempt at 5.99 mills in 2023.

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The district said the more than $19 million in COVID-19 relief funding it received will be spent by June 30, 2023.

These funds allowed the district to stretch the levy passed in 2018 for an additional four years.

The district claims more than 80 percent of its revenue comes from local funding.