Tipp BOE discusses proposed abatement

Board views 3D model of Broadway

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]

TIPP CITY —At their meeting Monday night, the Tipp City school board discussed a proposed tax abatement agreement and took a look at a 3D model of the planned Broadway

The proposal from local business Repacorp, which is seeking tax abatement from the city for a planned building addition, was discussed by Brad Vath, assistant city manager, with the board.

The board will be asked in February to approve the 75 percent, 10 year abatement. Repacorp is located in an enterprise zone on Industry Court.

Vath explained to the board that the school district would be made whole for any dollars that would have been lost through the abatement. The business will make an annual payment to the district to equal taxes lost to abatement.

“You’re going to receive 100 percent of what you should have received for property taxes through this particular process and the property owner receives a reduced abatement,” Vath explained. “So a 75 percent abatement may end up being like a 30 percent or 40 percent abatement because they’re paying you back out of pocket.”

Repacorp is planning a 7,600-square-foot addition of office space as part of a more than $1 million project. The company plans to begin work on the project in early March.

The board also got a first look at a new 3D model of the proposed building. Architect Mike Ruetschle walked the board through a 3D tour of the building exterior.

The proposed exterior plans reflect details from those school buildings, including the Castle, built in the 1890s, and Tipp Central, built in 1916.

The two-story, red brick building would have brickwork details near the roof that recall similar brickwork on the exterior of the Castle. The new school would have a front entrance centered on the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Street. The proposed site plan also features added parking and a separate gym, cafeteria and auditorium building connected to the main school by an enclosed hallway.

According to Ruetschle, preliminary plans would place the kindergarten and first grade on the ground floor, with the second and third graders upstairs. The second floor would also house a media center on the second floor in front of the large windows over the school’s entrance feature.

The district has a 3.98-mill bond issue on the March ballot to construct a new elementary school on the site of the current Broadway Elementary School. This bond issue would generate about $30 million to build a new pre-kindergarten through third grade building.

Assistant superintendent Galen Gingerich updated the board on the district’s unofficial state report card and testing scores.

“Our scores are really good, we met all the indicators,” he said. “We significantly exceeded [state standards] in all areas.”

The district’s performance index did take a hit from students who opted out of testing, Gingerich admitted.

“It didn’t give us a zero in that category, but it didn’t give us any bonus points for students that would have performed at the proficient or advanced or accelerated level,” Gingerich explained. “We’re usually significantly higher in the performance index. Some people would be really happy with a B, but we kind of like A’s.”

The board also approved the purchase of a 2016 Ford F-450 stake bed truck at a cost of $45,951 through a state term purchasing program. The truck replaces a 1991 model year vehicle, which is used to spread salt on school properties in the winter, and to move equipment and furniture the rest of the year.

Board views 3D model of Broadway

By Cecilia Fox

[email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.

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