Tuesday, May 2, is ‘Decision Day’ for the financial future of Loveland Schools

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (May 1, 2023) – Ohio Primary Election Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2nd) with the controversial 4.9 mill school tax levy garnering the most attention…again. This is the fourth time the Loveland City School District (LCSD) has placed a tax levy on the ballot since the November 2019 levy failed by a wide margin. All three previous levy attempts failed; with the most recent 4.9 mill levy narrowly defeated on November 8, 2022.  

The LCSD Board of Education gave lengthy consideration to current school programs, staff, and finances before deciding to place the current 4.9 mill school tax levy request on this May ballot. It is also noteworthy, given the controversial nature of this levy request, to mention the school administration held multiple forums – “Town Hall” – meetings allowing the public to voice their opinions on funding for Loveland Schools.

It is clear a divide remains between those in support of passing the school tax levy and those opposing the passage of the levy. A brief peek at local social media, and even news media, reveals the separation between supporters and opposition.

A Yes sign for Loveland Schools (File Photo Chuck Gibson)

A NO sign opposing Loveland Schools Operating Levy (File photo Chuck Gibson)


The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for in-person voting. We are now hours away from casting the ballot, but just Last Tuesday evening, less than a week away from Primary Election Day,  the school district hosted a Town Hall Meeting to give the community another opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming 4.9 mill operating levy request on the ballot May 2.

Mike Broadwater, Superintendent, Loveland City School District (Provided)

Superintendent Mike Broadwater characterized it as a good exchange of information. If you were unable to attend last Tuesday, you can watch the video recording of the meeting by CLICKING HERE. Broadwater expressed his appreciate for everyone who has made the effort to learn about this levy over the past few months.

No one can say for sure which way the vote will go tomorrow, but following cuts, a concerted effort to include the whole community, answer any and all questions, and promote the successes within the schools, Mike Broadwater and many supporters are hopeful this levy will pass.

Again, only hours away from the polls opening, if you still seek facts regarding the levy, you can learn more by visiting:  lovelandschools.org/levy.

REMEMBER: POLLS OPEN 6:30 a.m. and close 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2.

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