Voters will decide this Tuesday on a 4-mill continuing operating levy for the Upper Arlington Schools.
While some say the levy is crucial for the community, others argue the money could be better spent.
If approved, district leaders said the levy would generate more than $6 million per year and cost homeowners an additional $140 dollars for every $100,000 of home value.
Judging from the campaign signs, some would argue the mere campaign sign presence has a town divided.
Scott McKenzie with Citizens for UA Schools says because the levy was defeated by voters last year, the district was forced to lay off 30 teachers and eliminate a number of programs.
He argues voting for the levy will prevent nearly seventy more layoffs.
"That's going to be the problem with these next 68 teachers is that the classroom will be affected and that will mean higher teacher/pupil ratios and things like that," McKenzie said.
If the levy fails, the district will have to cut an additional $6 million dollars from the budget.
The organization, "Educate UA" said some of the additional layoffs could be avoided if the district would cut teacher wages and benefits.
Joyce Blake is a retired UA math teacher and says the district could find good teachers that cost less.
"UA is the second highest paying school district in Ohio with a cost per student that exceeds $15,000. Slowing the growth rate of compensation will allow the schools to manage the budget shortfall and will put our school district on a sustainable fiscal path," she said.
Educate UA is suggesting teacher's current contracts be renegotiated to help balance the budget.
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