Vote No on the Clyde Green Springs Levy

Defeat this School Levy (Again)

Benton-Carroll-Salem School District

Superintendent says: Levies needed despite “special” state funding

        Parmigian said the special funds are needed to offset the loss of property taxes to B-C-S caused by the devaluation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant – about $4.6 million a year - roughly one-fourth of the district’s operating budget.

        The district is also losing revenues from state reimbursements for the phase-out of the utility tangible personal property tax, according to Parmigian.

        To recover those losses the board is placing a 1 percent earned income tax on the May ballot along with a 3.89-mill property tax that would annually generate about $1.98 million and $1.4 million respectively if passed. Both issues would be in effect for five years.

Written by Larry Limpf April 09, 2018 Press Publications

Benton-Carroll-Salem School District facing the possibility of losing a major revenue source. Monday, 22 July 2013

FirstEnergy has filed an appeal with the board of revision to have the valuation of property at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station lowered by about $22 million. Also a 3.9-mill levy to fund district operations expires at the end of this year. It generates about $1.2 million annually.


FREMONT SCHOOLS: This really IS "FOR THE CHILDREN!" Will be at Fremont Wal-Mart Aug 3rd from 10am-3pm; and on Saturday, August 10th at Associated Buyers on S. Stone St. 10am-3pm

We've heard that expression over and over during levy campaigns. These bus drivers truly believe in making actions speak louder than words! These bus drivers are volunteering their time 'for the children' at Fremont Schools. They are accepting donations of school supplies and new or gently used uniforms in ALL sizes, & classroom items. All done without taxpayer money.


School supplies collected. Aug 2, 2013

☼CGS won't seek levy☼ More state cash for Clyde-Green Springs

Jul. 23, 2013

With new budget estimates showing the district will receive more state funding than previously expected in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the Clyde-Green Springs school board will not put an emergency operating levy on the November ballot. The board had seen its previous five efforts at passing an operating levy defeated by voters in the district, and Clyde-Green Springs Treasurer Joyce Dupont said projections based on the new state budget passed in June showed the district could expect $600,000 more than expected in FY 2014 and $1 million in FY 2015. Board member Todd Warner said that, given the new numbers, he would not be in favor of going to Clyde-Green Springs voters in November and asking them to pass an emergency operating levy at that time, a sentiment echoed by fellow members Matt Jenne and Tom Conley. In the district’s FY 2013 budget, revenues had exceeded expenses by $228,000, Dupont said. 


 …Ask yourself a few simple questions:

“Why now?”

            Is a special election the best time to ask for more money? Traditionally, these elections have the lowest turn out resulting in the least number of voters effecting everyone’s taxes.

 “Can I afford it?”

            At this time the government, local, state and federal, is putting the greatest burden on the individual with many more unknowns to come. The state of the economy is anything but ideal for burdening the citizen with more and new taxes.

This levy would increase the taxes of the average $100,000 home by $125 per year.

Last August, the levy that passed increased taxes on similar home values by approx. $136 per year.

 “Are current funds being spent responsibly?”

Before burdening the already strapped home owner in our community can we get a third party audit to see how current tax dollars are being spent. We would like the Swanton Board of Education to undergo a Performance Audit before any new taxes are proposed or voted in.



Norwalk School Board votes 3-2 to take earned income to voters
Board unable to agree
Jul 23, 2013

Norwalk City Schools will be taking an earned income levy to the voters in the November ballot. In the final vote, board members Janet Broz, Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler supported the decision while John Lendrum and Rob Ludwig voted against it. Earned income is defined as wages, salaries, tips, other employee compensation and self-employment income from sole proprietorships and partnerships, according to state tax information. 

Very well stated in this post by:Overburdened Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:48pm at the Norwalk Reflector article

The facts need to be taken to the public. Everyone needs to know exactly how much we are paying to keep the current staff, including benefits, as well as facility and extra curricular activity expense.

Once everyone sees that we are being asked to pay added taxes to pay for people that are individually earning on average more than the family median income for this area, pay far less than the national average for health insurance, and contribute very low percentages towards their retirement, I would bet that the majority of sensible people would vote this levy down.

The staff has not had to sacrifice anything of substance, but expects that you should pay while they play. They are earning more than an average full year private sector salary for only working 180 days a year, while you work an entire year and have to pay added taxes.

It is time that the citizens of Norwalk take a stand and votes no. Send a message that we will give no more money to a bloated system. We also need to make sure that when the next election comes for selecting new board members, we vote every single one out and elect new blood that can make the current 22 million dollar budget work. It can be done if you apply common sense.

Perkins School offers free pizza, levy discussion

July 16th, 2013
The comments are where you can sometimes find the MOST information!

It says to me I will be taking my business elsewhere and I'm not the only one.


VoteNo: I am curious. Is your stance based on issues with Perkins or something else? I have seen comments on other Register articles dealing with other school districts. You seem to have the same opinions related to other district's financial issues. Help me understand.

Finn Finn

Let me break the "thud of silence" and satisfy Mr. Myer's curiosity, so as to help him "understand." Perhaps VoteNo, and others, simply can't afford to pay more taxes. Does that concept simply escape you or something? Perhaps VoteNo is offering empathy and/or support to other financially strapped taxpayers in other school districts? Are you aware that not everyone makes $55,000+ a year? Are you aware that not everyone gets yearly 3-4% raises in their salary? Some people are struggling to live on 25, 30, 35,000 / year. They have cut corners, they don't take vacations, they have old cars, old phones, old T.V.'s, and are still struggling. You "yes" folks need to step out of your comfortable "able to pay the bills" lives and look at those who are (far) less fortunate. Frankly, I believe a lot of people, particularly those who are struggling financially, look at you "yes" people and see a bunch of spoiled, self-centered brats.

Mr. Myer can obsessively post page after page of commentary about property values, "overworked" AD's and principals, school ratings and township tax rates. I can only ask Mr. Myer - what part of "can't afford new taxes" do you not understand?



If you live in the GIBSONBURG school district, and this levy passes, you will see 1% less income from your gross income go to the schools for the next TEN YEARS.

You most likely just completed your taxes. What is 1% one percent of yours, your spouse, your working child's income gross for the year? That is how much less you will have for your household if this levy gets voted through!


 From experiencing the same 1% earned income tax levy getting passed at Clyde, trust us. YOU DON'T WANT THIS TO PASS!


Go to the Gibsonburg "VOTE NO" Facebook Page


Sandusky Schools asks for input

 July 17, 2013

Before Sandusky Schools officials make any decisions on the matter for their district, they’re asking community members to provide input at a series of upcoming public discussions.

Mohawk Local School District

Superintendent Kenneth Ratliff said his sense is residents of the district do not want a tax increase.
December 20, 2012

SYCAMORE - The Mohawk Local School District will not place another permanent improvement levy on the ballot in the spring. At Monday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Kenneth Ratliff said his sense is residents of the district do not want a tax increase. District voters rejected the levy in November.....


Mohawk schools treasurer Roy Swartz announced the health insurance costs will realize a savings of $40,000 through third party administrator Medical Mutual Health Services taking over duties from Employees Management Benefits. ....


Along with personnel actions, the (MOHAWK) board approved:

Overnight trips to wrestling tournaments at Napoleon and Perrysburg high schools.

Mohawk Community Library appropriations for 2013.

Increased working hours of certain cafeteria workers.

Supplemental contract for Joseph Lewis as pep band director.

Increased appropriation for bond retirement fund by about $6.09 million.

Increased appropriation to athletic fund by $15,000 from wrestling teams Night Out fundraiser.

Disability retirement of a food service worker at the end of February.


Using kids for promoting the "YES" propaganda, is a big turn-off and offensive to voters!

One commenter hits it on the head, "Seems the teachers have too much time on their hands if they can waste more taxes to promote this charade. Utilizing the ignorance of children who many or most never went without does not sit well with taxpayers, it angers us. These inexperienced youth never had to work for a living and their envisions of Santa Claus paying the bills isn't much different than the teachers that promoted this report. If you don't want the cuts then YOU go get a job and contribute the wages to your school; a lesson in Capitalism will do you good in balancing out the spoon feed Socialism the teachers are feeding you."
Another comment, "...the schools put the kids up to being pawns...voters need to take their anger out in the voting booth and just vote no."
Yet another, "Even family courts warn parents about using children for their go-between. It is not a good thing to put kids in the middle of "fights." School administrations using children to further their propaganda is shameful..."
And my favorite..."Parents, here's what you tell your kids. "If this levy passes, I can't buy :::Insert latest hip trendy item here::: for you, because that money is going towards school taxes." Easy enough.


This School district had "Yes" voters hide the "No" signs with their own.

Broken Arrow Public Schools


PUBLIC School property is not allowed to be used to TELL YOU HOW to VOTE!

Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2) of this section, no board of education shall use public funds to support or oppose the passage of a school levy or bond issue or to compensate any school district employee for time spent on any activity intended to influence the outcome of a school levy or bond issue election.


Norwalk schools approve about $1 million in staffing cuts

" a taxpayer, I would like to thank the school board for making these cuts.I would really be impressed with you if you would continue making more cuts. I am disappointed though to see that you just signed contracts for the position on "Vice Superintendent" I am sorry, but I happen to think that a town and school system of this size does NOT need hardly any "Vice" positions, especially at the exorbitant salaries that these "Vice" positions get. "

Commenter SW

"Teachers Unions amaze me: They would rather have less people making more money, than more people making a little less money."

Commenter  MR

"The poor under informed school employees that helped get sb5 overturned will pay the price.. SB5 protected you and you voted against it."

Commenter   CTFS

Perkins school board approves cuts Apr 11, 2013

Perkins school board on Wednesday unanimously approved $12 million in cuts for the next four years. 
Too much foolishness; vote no on Mansfield schools levy
Apr 29, 2013
Just different rooms to look at or whatever, with no reading, writing or arithmetic. I do know one room is a rock climbing room (?). This has had me upset for a long time, because I don’t feel like paying my taxes toward such extravagance. 
Fostoria seeks levy for schools
April 12, 2013
The district is seeking an 8.15-mill, continuing levy for school district operations. If approved, the district would continue to receive $1.8 million annually.

"Whether the levy passes or not, we will make more cuts, but if it doesn't pass we will have to make significantly more cuts," Norm Elchert school treasurer said. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $249.69 annually or 68 cents a day.

($499.38 for $200K home)<---car payment, one month rent; one month housepayment. Month of groceries!

Bettsville superintendent: Levy ‘will pass’
April 12, 2013

Superintendent Gregg Pettit said members of the school staff and community are working toward the passage of the income tax levy renewal in May. Pettit added that he was "positive it will pass."

Carey schools seek funds for building
April 11, 2013

Carey Exempted Village Schools has a bond issue and a tax levy for construction of a new school building on the May 7 ballot.

The district is seeking a 6.5-mill bond issue for construction and maintenance of a new pre-kindergarten through senior high school building. The issue will cost the owner of a $82,100 home, $163.44 annually and $13.62 monthly. The issue would run for 37 years.

The issue was first rejected in 2009.

The state is to offer 70 percent in matching funds, but the district is to come up with its part, Vehre said.

Norwalk school board pulls levy from May ballot

School officials want to consider proposed cuts and possible additional state revenue before going back to the voters.
Feb 25, 2013

School officials say they want to further consider proposed cuts and possible additional state revenue before deciding how much they need to ask from voters.

What lies will the administration and school board tell US to get a levy to pass?



PERRYSBURG updated January 2013

"Despite the levy's passage, parents who chose the full-day option will still get a bill for the classes, on top of increased property taxes."
With a child about to enter kindergarten in Perrysburg School district, Justin Tucholski hoped the passage of a recent large levy would have meant kindergarten wouldn't be so costly.
The district charges parents if they chose a full-day kindergarten option. Despite the levy's passage, parents who chose the full-day option will still get a bill for the classes, on top of increased property taxes.
The 13.15-mill levy will generate $10 million in the first year. The tax will increase to an estimated 14.4 mills in the second year, 15.7 mills in the third year, and 17 mills in the fourth and final year. It will cause significant increases in property taxes for residents.
"Everyone watched their property taxes go up a whole bunch," Mr. Tucholski, 31, said, "and it's kind of discouraging that they are still charging for kindergarten."
Districts aren't required to provide full-day kindergarten, and can charge parents a fee for full-day classes if offered. Perrysburg provides a limited number of slots for full-day kindergarten, and this year charges $285 a month for the classes.
Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler said Mr. Tucholski's concerns aren't unique. The levy's passage brought requests from parents for reductions in costs for some services, or changes in practices, such as moving a bus stop to accommodate a family.
"I understand those parents and their frustration," Mr. Hosler said.
The problem with full-day kindergarten, Mr. Hosler said, is both of cost and space. There's not enough room to accommodate full-day kindergarten classes at some of the district's elementary schools for every student. If Perrysburg went to full-day kindergarten, the district would have to either purchase portable classrooms at significant cost, or bus some kindergartners to schools other than their neighborhood elementary.
Busing students would have both a cost and would be disruptive to families, Mr. Hosler said.
"We understand, and wished we had a solution to make everyone happy," he said.
Mr. Tucholski said he isn't opposed to Perrysburg schools asking for more money, and believes the district has good schools, but said he is just concerned that the costs will be a burden on middle-class residents. 


Kiki Lorann sentenced to 39 months in prison Jul 23, 2013

Lorann stole nearly $100,000 from Perrysburg parent and youth organizations meant to pay for field trips and other student activities.

Parents and homeowners in Perrysburg are relieved to see the case resolved.

On Tuesday a Wood County Judge sentenced Kiki Lorann to 39 months in prison, followed by five years of community control.

Lorann was a volunteer who served as a treasurer for various youth and community booster organizations.

She's now convicted of grand theft. Lorann embezzled nearly $100,000 total from the Perrysburg Elementary Parents Association, the Toth Parents Club, and the Perrysburg Sting baseball team.


Passed or failed levy, Fostoria to cut school budget by $700k

FOSTORIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Fostoria school officials say cuts are happening regardless of their levy's outcome.

Fostoria City Schools has an 8.15 mill levy on the upcoming May ballot to replace an 8.55 mill levy that expires soon.



Perkins school board decides on cuts

*updated Mar 19, 2013

After wrestling for weeks, the school district makes announcement on downsizing.  


Milan - Edison levy passage would eliminate pay-to-play Feb 23, 2013

The Edison school board vowed to eliminate pay-to-participate fees and to hire elementary teachers if voters approve the district’s May tax levy.

Edison Schools will propose its largest levy option to taxpayers this spring. 

Feb 2, 2013 School board members agreed Wednesday to place a five-year, 7.9-mill emergency operating levy on the May ballot.

The levy would generate nearly $1.8 million a year for the district, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $240 a year. 

Edison school board members this week voted unanimously to place a 5-year, 7.9 mill emergency operating levy on the May ballot. They made that decision after weighing what they believe voters will pass against the financial needs of the district.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $20.16 a month and bring in $1,761,222 each year for five years.

Feb 23, 2013 The Edison school board vowed to eliminate pay-to-participate fees and to hire elementary teachers if voters approve the district’s May tax levy.

Willard *updated Feb 2, 2013

School district voters in May will be asked to approve an additional tax for permanent improvement purposes.

District officials in November had requested voters renew a permanent improvement levy, but voters declined to do that.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz has said the district had three opportunities to renew its permanent improvement levy. Before November's attempt, the board had two other opportunities to ask district residents to renew the levy, but decided not to put the request before voters. So during this week's school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to place an additional permanent improvement tax on the ballot.


Tiffin City Schools

Tiffin City Schools voters approved a renewal of a five-year, 1.0-mill levy for permanent improvements Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The annual cost to the owner of a $100,000 home is about $14.30 a year.

Coletta said with the levy funds, the district will continue to budget to maintain facilities, construction, capital improvements and equipment that has a life expectancy of more than five years.

"It cannot be used for salaries, fringe benefits, teaching materials or day-to-day operations of schools," he said. "... The money from the (permanent improvement) funds maintain every school building in the district."

Districts are faced with decisions following possible funding increase under Gov. John Kasich's new plan.

"Most Ohio schools would see more state money in the next school year under the budget proposed this week by the House of Representatives."


Laura Kagy NOW to be Seneca East superintendent Aug. 1, 2013

ATTICA - The Seneca East Board of Education has completed their search for a new superintendent.

"I am very happy to be going to Seneca East, it's like going home," Kagy said in a phone interview after the meeting. "I live near there and my children attend school there. It's an honor to be asked to be superintendent."

Laura Kagy abruptly resigns from Fremont City Schools District looking for replacement. July 17, 2013

FREMONT— Weeks before she was supposed to officially start at Fremont City Schools, Laura Kagy has abruptly resigned her position as director of student services.

Monroeville Schools leader to earn $85k District publicly releases Clyde-Green Springs Schools retiree Gregg Elchert's one-year contract, will search for permanent super in spring.  July 17, 2013 

Monroeville's David Stubblebine heading to Clyde-Green Springs Schools 4/8/2013

“He passed a couple big levies and did an excellent job for us,” Steve Reer, Monroeville school board vice president said.

Does Ohio need 612 school districts?

 Gov. John Kasich said grant money in his proposed budget is partly intended to help “right-size” schools so less money is spent on administration and more is spent on education.

An example of consolidation

To save on costs, Clyde-Green Springs shares services in areas like special education, with the district contracting to bring in speech and occupational therapists who work with special needs students. 

Fremont City Schools Superintendent Traci McCaudy and Treasurer David Chambers said they are budgeting as if they are getting no funding increases, even though the governor’s proposed budget for the district says otherwise. 

Schools exploring online learning
April 11, 2013

Columbian High School students, administrators and teachers discussed the benefits of online learning at their Virtual High School Collaborative Open House Wednesday. VHS's Advanced Placement success rate is at 76 percent, Duckel said.

Some of the career tracks addressed include entrepreneurship, screenwriting, forensic science and nuclear physics.

Students are able to debate, share, comment and collaborate on projects guided by specially trained classroom teachers.

Lakota renews principals’ contracts
April 10, 2013

Superintendent David Danhoff announced Lakota was ranked 250th in Ohio, which is an excellent rank in the state. 


Local schools to share in casino funds

Local schools are beginning to reap the benefit of Ohio's new casinos.

This week, the Ohio Department of Taxation just released the first list of scheduled school payments from casino funds.

"The schools will receive two payments per year, this is the first," Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said. 

Open enrollment faces review

Concerns focus on dollars following students

Feb 23, 2013 A program that allows students to attend any participating school district in the state will be reviewed for the first time in 20 years amid consensus that the tax dollars involved makes winners of some districts and losers of others.

Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal didn’t address open enrollment despite calling for a number of school initiatives, several of which were designed, according to the Kasich Administration, to create a more equitable method of distributing funds.