Barberton School Levies
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#1 Aug 24, 2011
I would like an explanation as to why the Barberton School System is asking for an "Emergency Operating Levy" that will be on our property taxes for 5 years. This upcoming levy will be on the ballot in November. The last levy that we passed has not even hit our property tax bills yet. That tax money will be appearing on our "2011" property tax bills which will be in Feb. "2012". The last levy that was passed was for the money to operate and maintain all these new schools that are being built. So, what BIG EMERGENCY has transpired NOW, that the school system claims to be an emergency that they were not aware of until now? We are already paying the taxes to operate the new schools. Athletic teams do not constitue an emergency. Massive computers in every classroom do not qualify as an emergency. Any utility costs were already projected before the schools were built and we already passed a levy to pay for that. Wasn't the school system auditted not too long ago and it was discovered that alot of cash was missing from the fund (they labeled it as "Petty Cash"). Just how petty is petty?
#2 Aug 24, 2011
The reason is simple. The teachers have a need for something called: Step increases, also known as "evergreen contracts". It means they make more money every year, for no legitimate reason. Same thing with admins. The board is dominated by teachers union allies who are more concerned with "labor peace" than representing the best interest of the taxpayers, which means deunionization, as it does in every district in this state. Only by making teachers at-will employees and paying on merit, will progress be made.
If the board runs out of money to keep raises flowing one of these will happen-
1. Alternative revnue sources
2. Salary Cuts
3. Hysterical threats to cut busing, sports, and dissolve the district and merge it with APS.
Now the first two require political courage, as board members have a problem with getting money from sources like advertising, and corporate sponsorship, despite no real drawbacks. Board members will not push for salary cuts because they don't want to anger teachers who will say it's about the "kids" and then threaten strikes (One would think if teachers are not doing it for the money as they claim, why they would ever consider a strike).
The third is the easiest to do, which is why you see it all the time.
#3 Aug 25, 2011
Yep, here we go again.
#4 Aug 27, 2011
If you truly want to know you should go to a board meeting or call the BOE not post on the web.
#5 Aug 27, 2011
I suggest reading the budget, and measuring how much staff gets in raises every year.
#6 Aug 27, 2011
Why not post on the web, it is a good media source. Everything else is posted on the web.
#7 Aug 27, 2011
The saying "show up at a board meeting" and its cousin "spend a day in a classroom" are two common union member tactics to put you into an environment where union members and union allies on the board will control the debate, as most of us are not experience in public finacnce to tell truth from BS.
It is a good reason to attend or watch board meetings on public access TV channels, but you should follow it up with a visit to www.buckeyeinstitute.org
There you will find out how much your school is spending in a more itemized fashion that the school will admit to publicly.
#8 Aug 27, 2011
sorry double post
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