Statement regarding CPS levy

Cincinnati, OH – On Wednesday, WNKU aired a story about the Cincinnati Public School Renewal on Tuesday's ballot. In the piece, City Council member Pat Dewine said the school board could not explain why the system was 22-million dollars over budget last year. After the story aired, we received a fax from Cincinnati resident Tom Conlon Junior that contained a fact sheet concerning budget overruns. The information was compiled from a memo by the school's treasurer to board members. It states the 21 million dollars was needed for charter school tuition payments and transportation costs, other out of district tuition payments, lead abatement costs and expenses associated with the Ohio School Facility Commission. That same memo points to higher salary and fringe benefits and increased utility costs for overruns. Conlon said the unanticipated expenditures could not be forecast and the circumstances were beyond the school district's control.