Budget Update - June 6, 2011
In the most recent school funding proposal being considered by the Ohio Senate, the Rocky River City School District is projected to lose approximately $3.5 million in total.  While the District’s Board and Administration are very appreciative of the House and Senate’s efforts to restore the state foundation portion of our funding from the Governor’s original proposal ($845,000 for fiscal 2012 and $601,000 estimated each year for fiscal years 2013 – 2015), the $3.5 million loss stemming from the accelerated phase-out of the tangible personal property reimbursement and SB3/KwH/Utility Deregulation reimbursement is still substantial.  (click title for more) 
House Finance Committee Accepts Substitute HB 153
On April 28, 2011, the House Finance Committee accepted Substitute House Bill (HB) 153, the House version of the state biennial budget bill.  The full House is expected to pass its version of the budget before the end of the week of May 2 and additional changes are possible prior to going to the Senate. 
School Budget Information

We received information from the State Office of Budget and Management (OBM) over the course of the last week that will have a significant impact on the finances of our District.  The Rocky River City School District (RRCSD) is projected to have a $6,089,686 loss in funding from the state over the next four years.

  • Based on OBM projected amounts, the RRCSD is anticipated to lose 76.1 % of State Foundation Funding.  The district had anticipated and budgeted for an annual 15% ($190,616) reduction.   The new figures represent a loss in State Foundation Funding to our District of $2,623,779 over four years while some districts received increases in funding.
  • The Governor’s budget proposal calls for the Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement to be phased out on a much shorter timeline than what current Ohio law requires.  This is a loss of $2,698,888 to our District over four year versus our current projections.
  • The Governor’s budget proposal also calls for SB3/Electric Deregulation/KwH reimbursements to be phased out immediately for the RRCSD.  This is a loss of $767,020 to our District over four years. 

The bottom line for the RRCSD is a loss of $6,089,686 over the next four years.  


What can we do?
 
  • The District continues to review and implement budget reductions.
  • District administrators advocate for the RRCSD in meetings with our state legislators and the newly appointed Director of the Office of 21st Century Education, Robert Sommers.
  • The Rocky River Board of Education and Dr. Shoaf held a meeting for parents, staff and community members on April 19 to share information about the proposed budget cuts. Senator Patton and Representative Baker attended the meeting and promised to work to reduce the severe cuts.

Parent and community members are urged to contact their state legislators immediately to voice their concerns about these cuts and the impact they will have on our District.

With the House slated to vote on the budget bill in May, it is vital that you contact the below legislators NOW!

Ohio State Representative Nan Baker, District 16

77 S. High St., 12th Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Phone: (614) 466-0961; Email: District16@ohr.state.oh.us

 

Ohio State Senator Tom Patton, District 24

Senate Building

1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor 

Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Phone: (614) 466-8056; Email: SD24@senate.state.oh.us


Speaker of the House William Batchelder, District 69

77 S. High St., 14th Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: (614) 466-8140

Complete online email here

Ohio State Representative Ron Amstutz, District 3

Chair, Finance & Appropriations Committee

77 S. High St, 13th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215-6111

Phone: (614) 466-1474  

Complete online email here


Ohio State Representative John Carey, District 87

Vice Chair, Finance & Appropriations Committee

Chair, Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee

77 S. High St
, 13th Floor


Columbus, OH 43215-6111


Phone(614) 466-1366 

Complete online email here


 
 Please address the following issues with our state legislators:

  1. Request a more balanced approach to state funding for our schools.
  2. Ask to slow down the accelerated loss of the Tangible Personal Property Tax and the SB3/Electric Deregulation/KwH reimbursements.
  3. Cap cuts to district at no more than 20% of the current State Foundation Funding.

 

Check here for answers to 
frequently asked questions 
about the budget cuts.



Links
Downloads

Community Meeting Presentation
This is a pdf of the PowerPoint Dr. Shoaf presented at the community meeting on April 19.
Sample Letter to Representatives
Use this sample letter to contact members of the House Finance & Appropriations Committee.
Sample Budget Letters
Use these sample letters to contact Senator Patton and Representative Baker with your concerns about the proposed state budget cuts.
TPP and SB3/Electric Deregulation/KwH
Phase-out of the Tangible Personal Property Tax and Public Utility Deregulation Replacement Payments
Questions?