Many Ohioans may not know that the state pays 12.5 percent of their local property taxes. As part of new plans for the next two-year state budget, Republicans at the Statehouse want to end the practice for future levies.
That would generate funds to help cover part of the cost of income tax cuts they have proposed. The change also promises to make passage of levies more difficult, not to mention run counter to the Ohio Supreme Court ruling about relying too heavily on local sources for education money.
In moving forward, Republicans would do well to meet at least one request of school officials: Put off the effective date until next year. Many districts already have made plans and calculations for levy requests coming in the fall.