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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a bond issue?

A: A bond issue is used to provide local revenue for construction purposes. By law, bond dollars can be used only for capital costs - building construction and/or renovations, and major equipment purchases. It cannot be used for salaries or any operational expenses.

Q. What is the difference between a bond issue and an operating levy?

A. Bond issues raise money that, by law, can ONLY be used for capital improvements (bricks and mortar). Operating levies generate money for a district’s day-to-day operating costs, such as salaries, benefits, and utilities.

Q. The district had a bond issue on the ballot in May 2019 that failed. What projects were included in that plan? 

A. The following components were proposed in the May 2019 bond issue: Build a new middle school (grades 6-8) to replace Milford Junior High School; build a new 1,000 seat auditorium shared by Milford Junior High School and Milford High School to accommodate student performances and school programs; renovation projects at Milford High School, including renovating classrooms, replacing the HVAC/air handling system, installing a new roof on a portion of Milford High School, upgrade the gymnasium; and replace outdated athletic facilities.

Q. What was the cost of the defeated May 2019 bond issue? 

A. The May 2019 Bond Issue was for 4.7 mills. 

Q. What happens now?

A. The Board of Education and District Administration will study timing for a future bond request to maintain the current quality of education provided to Milford students and to modernize school facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology that is needed for current college prep and job skills training. While the Board decided to not place the bond issue on the March 2020 ballot, the need has not gone away. The Board and Administration will continue to seek community input on the plan that the Community Advisory Team recommended: building a new junior high school for grades 6-8 and include site safety at the shared junior high/high school campus - which includes updated traffic flow and parking - and to add space for programs currently held in modular classrooms.

Q. What was the purpose of the Community Advisory Team?

A. The team’s goal was to understand, synthesize and advise the Board of Education on the Facility Master Plan supported by the four pillars of Education, Facilities, Finance, and Community Support. Click here for more information about the CAT.

Q. When will the district be back on the ballot?

A. The district will not be on the ballot in March 2020. The next possible option to be on the ballot is November 2020.  

Q. When was the last operating levy?

A. Milford School District’s last operating levy passed in 2013. At that time, the district promised to make the levy last three years. According to current financial projections, we anticipate the levy will last 9 to 10 years and we would not need to go back on the ballot until at least 2022 or 2023.

Q. How is our community taxed compared to other districts?

A. Of the 32 school districts located in Clermont and Hamilton County, Milford is 15th in terms of effective millage rate. Effective millage is the millage rate that is actually levied on property. Once a levy is voted in, a school district cannot collect any additional money due to valuation increases from reappraisal on that levy. As property values increase, the millage rate on that voted levy is decreased so that the levy generates the same amount of money.

Q. How much is spent per pupil?

Milford is below average in per pupil expenditures:

  • Milford Total Expenditure Per Pupil 2018-2019: $9,434.00
  • State Average: $11,953.14
  • Similar District Average: $11,179.89

Above Average Achievement

  • There are 612 public school districts in Ohio
  • Milford Exempted Village School District is the 40th largest district with 6,690 students
  • Out of 890 public high schools, Milford High School is ranked 27th based on graduation rate, performance on state tests, and college readiness. (Source: U.S. News & World Report)