Orange Community Education & Recreation is funded in part by a 5-year renewable, .95-mil levy.
This levy, first passed in 1975 and every 5 years since then, is designed to provide approximately 25% of the funds needed to operate Orange Community Education & Recreation and provide its many programs and services to our community. The department has successfully operated on the same .95 mil renewable levy funding, with no increases, since 1995. All other operating funds are derived from user participation fees, grants and donations.
This levy supports all parts of the Orange Community Education & Recreation department, including Orange Early Childhood Preschool, summer camps, before/after school activities. youth sports, aquatics, Stagecrafters' Theatre, Orange Art Center, Orange Senior Center and adult education & discovery. Get a history of the levy
The Orange City School District Board of Education adopted a resolution at its November 4, 2019 regular meeting declaring it necessary to renew an existing 0.95-mill tax levy for the purpose of operating and maintaining Orange Community Education and Recreation (OCER) programming and facilities, for five years. On March 17, 2020, voters in the Orange School District will therefore have the opportunity to renew the department’s current .95 mil, 5-year renewable community education and recreation levy, due to expire on December 31, 2020. This levy does not raise taxes, and will cost homeowners about $28 per $100,000 in home value, per year. More information here.
Because Orange School District is the governing and fiscal officer for Orange Community Education & Recreation, the voting ballot lists Orange City School District as the taxing agency. It is important to note, however, that funds received through this levy are exclusively used for funding Orange Community Education & Recreation.
As one of the most comprehensive community education and recreation programs in Ohio, our professional staff works in tandem with residents, the school district and community in developing programs and activities that serve the whole community. From aquatics, fine art, sports and theatre to preschool, health and wellness, learning opportunities and more, Orange Community Education & Recreation serves preschoolers, youth and teens, adults and senior adults. We are truly dedicated to building community one activity at a time.