This Policy Brief indicates that the reason for so many local school tax levies is not primarily due to state budget cuts as big spenders constantly say, but because local districts have had a spending problem that long-predates any revenue reductions.
A one stop map that shows that Ohio's 613 school districts are cumulative projecting a $7.6 billion deficit by 2015. The counties on the map are color coded to show the areas where the deficits of the districts in those counties are the greatest.
This appendix includes a series of charts that show exactly how each school district is projecting to fair through 2015 using data supplied by each district to the Ohio Department of Education. We then ran a brief experiment to highlight how confronting embedded labor costs are driving many budgets into the red and how that could be partially ameliorated through compensation reform BEFORE seeking additional taxes and making deep cuts to personnel numbers or other educational programming.