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2017 and 2022 Ballot Requests

2022 Levy Request

After delaying an operating levy request for two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Arlington Board of Education returned to the ballot on November 8, 2022, with a 6.9 mill operating levy to fund daily operations and maintain academic programming. 

The 6.9 mill operating levy passed with a vote of approximately 53% for and 47% against in unofficial results.

It was estimated at the time that, for an Upper Arlington homeowner, the proposed 6.9-mill operating levy would add approximately $241.50 a year in property taxes per $100,000 of appraised home value as determined by the Franklin County auditor — or, for an Upper Arlington home with an auditor’s appraised home value of $400,000, approximately $966 per year based on calendar year 2022 tax valuations. 

2017 Levy / Bond Request

After a two-and-a-half-year facilities master planning process, Upper Arlington voters endorsed rebuilding the high school and renovating or rebuilding all five elementary schools in a vote of 55% to 45% for Issue 43 on November 7, 2017. Issue 43 stemmed from the work of community volunteers and more than 8,000 touch points with residents over the course of the master planning process. The success of the combined 3.75-mill operating levy and $230 million bond issue secured the needed funding for the first phase of the master plan as well as the operating dollars needed to maintain current academic programs. With the passage of Issue 43, the school district launched a design phase for the new high school and the five new or renovated elementary schools. 

The bond issue initially was collected at a rate of 5.17 mills above current collections. For an Upper Arlington homeowner, the ballot issue meant  an annual property tax increase of approximately $312 per $100,000 in 2018 market value, as determined by the Franklin County auditor — or for the owner of a home with a 2018 market value of $400,000, approximately $1,248. Market value isn't what your home would sell for — it's an amount determined by the county auditor and available on your property listing on the auditor's website.