Levy and Alternative Local Funding Sources

School boards have numerous options when placing levy or other tax options on the ballot, but there are also various regulations that school board members must be aware of. OSBA has resources to help board members be informed while remaining compliant.

OSBA Levy Database - information on school district levies and their results.

Legal resources
OSBA fact sheet: Understanding school levies
OSBA fact sheet: School levy limitations
OSBA Journal article, June 2011, Levy limitations
RC 3315.07

Levy University Workshop
Considering going on the ballot but not sure when?  What planning do you need and when do you start? The Ohio School Boards Association and the Support Our Schools Foundation (SOS) offer Levy University twice a year for those school districts interested in learning more before starting the process of placing a levy on the ballot. 

Board members, administrators, district staff and community members who want to know more about levies or joining a district’s levy committee are encouraged to participate in this in-depth workshop offering practical tips for running a school levy campaign.  Topics covered include:

  • The board’s role with a levy - discusses the board's unique role in preparing the district and the community for putting a levy on the ballot. 
  • How to conduct a successful levy campaign - covers school board responsibilities and legal requirements, as well as a discussion on effective campaign planning. Learn more about legislation that allows a district to place a special levy on the ballot focused only on school safety and security initiatives.
  • Campaign specifics - includes a planning calendar; volunteer recruitment; campaign organization; polling options; community involvement; effective messaging; fundraising; impact of social media on campaigns; and effective printed material.

Your District's Financial Health Workshop
Board members need to have a strong grasp of the work of their treasurers and the financial state of their school districts. By understanding finances, board members are better positioned to help their treasurers communicate about their district’s strengths and resources. OSBA’s newest training opportunity — “Your District’s Financial Health: Developing Your Expertise as the Leadership Team” — is designed for board members, treasurers and superintendents to share a day of collaborative professional development on district finances. Topics include communicating budgets to the public; ensuring successful board-treasurer partnerships; financial policies and audits; managing and monitoring educator certifications; and navigating the legal and practical implications of relying on outside organizations like booster groups for support. Watch for more detail in early summer.