Facilities

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have a question, please email us or call us at (513) 831-1314 and we'll add it to this page.

 

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 is the difference between that plan and what the Board is considering now? 

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HVAC/air handling system, installing a new roof on a portion of Milford High School, upgrade the gymnasium; and replace outdated athletic facilities.

The following components are proposed and being discussed to possibly place a bond issue on the November 2021 ballot: replacing the junior high with a new 6-8 building, abate and demolish the Preschool building, and site circulation at the junior high/high school campus.

Q. What is the cost of the bond issue?

A. That has not been decided yet. Refer to this page for more information about where the Board is in the process. 

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.

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

A. Of the 31 school districts located in Clermont and Hamilton County, Milford is 14th in terms of effective millage rate and we are 8th largest in the number of mills voted in. Effective millage is the millage rate that is actually levied on property.

Q. My home's valuation went up. Does that mean I am paying more taxes to the school district? 

A. Once a levy or bond issue 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 or bond issue is decreased so that the levy generates the same amount of money.

Q. How much is spent per pupil?

A. Milford is below average in per pupil expenditures based on fiscal year 2020:

  • Milford - $11,216.01

  • State -  $12,691.85

  • Similar Districts - $11,595.19