Fremont City Schools Income Tax Renewal Rejected

Income tax has collected an average of $9 million a year for 20 years.

FREMONT, Ohio — After Election Day, schools in the city of Fremont potentially lose about $9 million a year in their operating budget.

Fremont voters refused renewal of a 1 1/4% income tax that was first approved in 2002. This income tax brought in an average of $9 million a year, or 20% FCS operating budget.

Superintendent Jon Detwiler says the district does not yet face an emergency because income tax will continue to be collected until January 2024.

This means the district has time to determine how to get this income tax, or a similar tax, approved.

“Luckily I think the board was wise to come out at the earliest opportunity to make sure we had a little buffer in time. So there’s no panic yet,” Detwiler said. “We think we can talk to our community and see what we can do to get this taken care of, but we have a little time.”

With two more opportunities to get income tax approved again in 2023, Detwiler says the district is aware it has to work hard, but is not in crisis mode.

“That’s what we do next: start talking to our community and see what maybe we’re missing or if there’s a better message or more information needed,” he said. “And then obviously we’ll talk to our school board and they’ll make a decision on what to do next, and all of that will happen as soon as we’re back with the board.”

Detwiler says the district will continue to collect the remaining year of the current tax through 2023.