Ottawa and several other school districts across Franklin County have public hearings scheduled during the next two weeks, giving residents the chance to offer comments on those districts’ proposed 2019-2020 budgets.

Once budgets are printed and hearings set, school officials cannot exceed the published maximum expenditure amount, but they can decrease it.

According to state statute, budgets must be adopted and filed with the Franklin County Clerk’s Office by Aug. 25.

OTTAWA - USD 290

The Ottawa School District is proposing a $44.8 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which includes $7.8 million in transfers. The school district is enjoying an increase in assessed valuation over the previous year, which is expected to generate approximately $8.5 million in tax revenue.

District officials are also proposing a slightly lower mill levy for the coming school year at 61.943 mills - a difference of .932 mills over last year. The district’s budget hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Central Office, 1404 S. Ash.

WELLSVILLE - USD 289

Wellsville school board members are proposing a $14.8 million budget for the coming school year, including a little more than $1.7 million in transfers. An increase in assessed valuation is expected to help the district generate nearly $3 million. District officials are also proposing a mill levy of 43.378 mills for the 2019-2020 year, which is almost 7.44 mills lower than a year ago.

The school district’s budget hearing is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at 602 Walnut in Wellsville.

CENTRAL HEIGHTS — USD 288

The Central Heights School District is proposing a budget of nearly $11 million for the coming school year, which includes more than $1.8 million in transfers.

Financing the budget is a mill levy of 52.320 mills — which is slightly lower than a year ago.

The district’s budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in 3521 Ellis Road in Richmond.

WEST FRANKLIN —USD 287

The West Franklin School District is proposing a budget of nearly $15.1 million for the upcoming school year, including nearly $3.1 million in transfers.

The proposed budget is financed by a mill levy of 58.052 mills — a decrease of a little more than 2.7 mills. By increasing the mill levy, officials hope to generate approximately $2.7 million - or a little more than $52,000 over last year.

The district’s budget hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at 510 E. Franklin in Pomona.