Ohio School District Deficit Data (2011)

Despite union attempts to blame Governor Kasich for local budget problems during the 2011 referendum campaign over Senate Bill 5, school districts throughout the state projected massive shortfalls in 2010 – before the governor was even elected.

Using the districts’ own October 2010 forecasts to the Ohio Department of Education and district population estimates from the US Census Bureau, I calculated the cost per resident of 2015 deficits projected in 2010. These data and the explanation of their importance that I wrote in 2011 follow; I’ve archived an interactive JavaScript tool I built for the same, because it’s not supported by the WordPress.com hosting I’ve switched to since then.

“We Are Ohio” is fighting to keep a broken status quo that gives government union bosses expansive power over taxpayers. Ohio voters should know what a No vote on Issue 2 could cost; without Senate Bill 5, deficits not covered by tax hikes can only be addressed with layoffs or program cuts!

Repealing Senate Bill 5 will hurt Ohio taxpayers and government employees – but it will protect the flow of taxpayer dollars to government union bosses. What do you think the union bosses behind We Are Ohio care about most: their own six-figure salaries, members’ employment, or your tax burden?

Based on 2010 school district forecasts, the need for reform is very real:

  • 458 districts projected deficits greater than $100 per resident
  • 260 districts projected deficits greater than $500 per resident
  • 59 districts projected deficits greater than $1,000 per resident
  • 17 districts projected deficits greater than $1,500 per resident

Opponents of Issue 2 who claim the status quo is not broken or blame the governor for local budget problems are, quite simply, lying. The fact that trouble loomed before the 2010 election is a matter of public record.

 2015 Deficits/Citizen, from 2010 District Forecasts (PDF)