Columbus (Ohio) district owes almost $6 million to 6 suburban systems

April 4, 2012
Billing dispute stems from pact that allows parts of city territory to remain in suburban districts

From The Columbus Dispatch: The Columbus (Ohio) school district owes almost $6 million to six suburban districts for billing errors it made as part of an arrangement that lets sections of the city remain in suburban school systems. Last fall, Columbus apparently pleaded for leniency, but the suburban districts demanded full payment. The dispute stems from the so-called “Win-Win” pact, which allows areas of the city of Columbus to remain in nine suburban Franklin County school districts. Typically, when a city expands in Ohio, its school district expands along with it, but that didn’t always happen in Columbus from the 1950s through the 1970s. The Columbus district began threatening in the 1980s to retake those areas, until the Win-Win pact ended the fight through a revenue-sharing arrangement.

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