Residents invited to support WCHCS levy

By Martin Graham -

“Our Community for a Brighter Future” (OCBF) — a group of residents dedicated to fund raising to continue spreading the word about the upcoming Washington Court House City Schools levy — is hosting an afternoon of food and fellowship to benefit the “Our Schools, Our Future” initiative this Sunday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Middle School cafeteria, the community is invited to support this group of residents by buying a dinner to raise funds for the initiative. The dinner will feature a choice of a bowl of homemade chili or soup beans, as well as cornbread, salad, drink and dessert — all for only $6. Takeout meals will be available as well.

“The mission of the campaign is the ‘Our Schools, Our Future,’” Washington Court House City Schools Superintendent Tom Bailey said. “Much like political campaigns that have a ‘Paid for by’, or ‘Sponsored by’, this is the group in Washington Court House that is helping to raise support for the 1 percent earned income tax in November. The chili dinner will help them continue to promote the tax.”

Presale tickets are available now, so see any member of the OCBF committee to purchase them. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for the same price. The dinner will help raise funds for yard signs as well as informational literature regarding the upcoming ballot issue.

In July the Washington Court House City Schools Board of Education asked for a 1 percent earned income tax levy that will be on the ballot on Nov. 6. This levy will only impact employees who live in the district, so only residents will pay. One scenario given by Bailey was that if Kroger has an employee who lives in the county, they will not pay this. This will only be a tax on the residents of the Washington Court House City Schools’ district boundaries who earn a wage.

Washington Court House City Schools has not requested new operating revenue since 1991, and this meal will benefit “Our Schools, Our Future,” the first district campaign in 27 years, according to district officials.

The information in this article was provided by the Washington Court House City Schools. Stay with the Record-Herald for more coverage on this and other local issues during the Nov. 6 General Election.

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy.

By Martin Graham