Thank You, Pickerington Schools Voters!

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    We are so thankful for your support in passing the Nov. 8 bond issue, and now our team can put plans into motion that will eventually alleviate overcrowding in the district. This page will continue to display information that was shared leading up to Nov. 8 as a reference, along with updates on the Plan for Progress.

    In the works now, bond proceeds of $89 million, along with some previously allocated General Funds, will be used to complete the following projects:






  • Pickerington Schools' Financial Information

    The Treasurer’s Office works with district staff and the Board of Education to provide sound resource management and financial leadership for Pickerington Schools. A detailed breakdown of Pickerington Schools' finances, including 5-year forecasts, can be found by visiting the Treasurer's Office section.

  • What Was on the Ballot?

  • Why Did We Need to Pass the Bond Issue?

  • Where Did We Get $75 Million in Additional Funding?

  • Will the Bond Issue Raise Tax Rates?

  • Aren't Pickerington Tax Rates Already High?

  • Has Pickerington Schools Been Smart with Money?

Capital Plan FAQ

  • How did Pickerington Schools come up with this plan?

  • Where will this new junior high school be located?

  • Where will the renovations and safety updates be made?

  • Why isn’t the district building a third high school?

  • Won’t the district just need to return in a couple of years to seek a bond issue for a third high school?

  • Won’t the district need to seek an operating levy in the future to have the operational funds to open and run the new buildings?

      School Finance Definitions

      • 20 Mill Floor

      • Bond Levy

      • Effective Millage

      • Emergency Levy

      • Homestead Exemption

      • House Bill 920

      Understanding School Funding

      • There are many misconceptions about Pickerington Schools district funding and growth. Here are some answers. 

        School District Property Taxes

        • All Pickerington Schools residents pay Pickerington Schools property taxes. It doesn’t matter what municipality, county, or township in which you live when it comes to school district property tax. If you live within the district’s boundaries, you pay Pickerington Schools property taxes. Those district residents who live in the City of Pickerington and Violet Township pay Pickerington Schools property taxes. So do the people who live in Reynoldsburg, Columbus, and Canal Winchester who live within the confines of the Pickerington Schools district. 

        • All Pickerington Schools residents who live within the district during all or part of the year pay Pickerington Schools school district income tax (SDIT). It doesn’t matter if you own your home or rent, you pay SDIT. Again, those who live in the City of Pickerington and Violet Township pay SDIT. So do the people who live within the district’s boundaries in Reynoldsburg, Columbus, and Canal Winchester. The SDIT is 1 percent.

        Control of Community Growth

        • Pickerington Schools is growing. We all know that. We anticipate adding about 1,000 additional students over the next five years. According to our Plan for Progress, we will need a new junior high school, another elementary school, another middle school, and additions to both of our high schools. With the purchase of the Yarmouth property, we will be able to move all of our preschool students out of the elementary schools. This will help us ease overcrowding in our elementary schools.

        • Pickerington Schools cannot control student enrollment growth. We have no zoning authority or ability to assess impact fees on new housing developments. We must educate all of the students who live within the Pickerington Schools district boundaries.


        About half of Pickerington Schools funding comes from property and school district income taxes. Every six years, the Fairfield County Auditor reappraises property values. 

        When property values increase, it does not mean that Pickerington Schools gets more money. In 1976, the Ohio Legislature enacted House Bill 920. The purpose of House Bill 920 was to keep inflation from increasing voted taxes. This means, if an operating levy is approved by voters and generates $5 million through a 5 mill levy, and property values go up, House Bill 920 does not allow a school district to receive any additional revenue from the levy on existing properties. All the district will ever get from the levy on existing properties is $5 million, and the effective tax rate the property owner pays actually goes down. A school district will get a slight and temporary bump in revenue from new properties, but this only happens in the year the house was built. The following year, the revenue collected goes back to what it originally was. This is why school districts have to keep going back to the voters for funding. 

        If you have any questions about taxes or any finance topic, please contact Treasurer John Walsh