Answers to Frequent Community Questions

  • Answers to common misconceptions regarding public school districts regarding funding and growth:

    School district property taxes

    • ALL Dublin City Schools residents pay Dublin City Schools property taxes. The municipality, county, or township in which you live is irrelevant when it comes to school district property tax. If you live within the District’s boundaries, you pay Dublin City Schools property taxes. The residents of Jerome Village pay Dublin City Schools property taxes, as do the residents of Columbus, and the residents of Union and Delaware counties.
    • Dublin City Schools is funded primarily by local property taxes, while the City of Dublin is funded largely by a two percent municipal income tax paid by those who work in Dublin.  These two revenue streams are not shared between the agencies.
    • Only about 9 percent of the District’s funding is provided by the State of Ohio.

    Community growth control

    • When it comes to housing developments and overall community growth, Dublin City Schools has no zoning authority or the ability to assess developers' impact fees for bringing more students and the associated costs to our district. We work closely with local municipalities when we are made aware of new housing projects, but ultimately, Dublin City Schools cannot control student enrollment growth. Our mission is to educate all the students who live within our boundaries. 

    Dublin City Schools is primarily funded by local property taxes. Every six years, property values are reappraised by the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.

    • When property values increase in a reappraisal year, it does not mean a windfall for public schools. In the 1970s, the Ohio legislature passed House Bill 920. This legislation prevents voted school tax issues from increasing with inflation. The percentage increase in value of your property will not correspond to the percentage increase in taxes. For example, if an operating issue is approved by voters and generates a hypothetical $6-million per year, it can only ever generate $6-million per year.

    If you have any questions about taxes or any topic, please do not hesitate to email our Public Information Office at info@dublinschools.net.