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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
WERE YOU EVEN AWARE THE SCHOOL HAD ADDED THIS TO THE MAY 7th, 2013 BALLOT?
From experiencing the same 1% earned income tax levy getting passed at Clyde, trust us. YOU DON'T WANT THIS TO PASS!
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.
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. ....
STILL TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS!
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.
✰WATCH FOR "DIRTY" TRICKS✰
This School district had "Yes" voters hide the "No" signs with their own.
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.
"...as 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. "
"Teachers Unions amaze me: They would rather have less people making more money, than more people making a little less money."
"The poor under informed school employees that helped get sb5 overturned will pay the price.. SB5 protected you and you voted against it."
SCHOOLS (SCAM) UPDATE
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.
MORE ABOUT PERRYSBURG:
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.
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.
LEVYS COMING UP!
*updated Mar 19, 2013
After wrestling for weeks, the school district makes announcement on downsizing.
Edison Schools will propose its largest levy option to taxpayers this spring.
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.
Voters in May could be asked to renew a Monroeville Local Schools permanent improvement levy that's been in place since 1988.
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."
|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
“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.
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
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.
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.