Public hears both sides on Northridge...

Public hears both sides on Northridge schools' income tax

There are 29 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Apr 20, 2011, titled Public hears both sides on Northridge schools' income tax. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

School tax requests often spark arguments online and in newspapers, but opponents and supporters rarely debate the issues face-to-face. But last night, a crowd of about 170 district residents heard people for and against the Northridge school district's 1 percent income-tax request have their say in a debate that was often pointed but seldom ...

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Team Al

Marion, OH

#1 Apr 20, 2011
Well done... how refreshing to have an open forum with all sides, including the taxpayers, the teachers, and the administration, having equal opportunity to share. I wish our state leaders would take a page out of this districts book. Was anything solved??? I do not know, but no one is being bull dozed and everyone had an opportunity to share. Now, the public will have a right to vote, and the will of the people can be determined, not undermined. If the levy passes, so be it. If it does not, then the school does what it has to do.
the michigan man

Massillon, OH

#2 Apr 20, 2011
Same old school B.S. "It's for the kids" NO---- its for the gold plated pension and health benefits of the administration and teachers.

A yes vote for any of the school levys is a vote to put more money in the wallet of the administrators and teachers.
Alex

United States

#3 Apr 20, 2011
The best solution for this problem is for Northridge to merge with Johnstown schools.
Citizen for many years

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 20, 2011
The 1% that has already been voted should be exclusively for school. That is why it was voted in the past. Fix it don't mix it.
Team Al

Marion, OH

#5 Apr 20, 2011
the michigan man wrote:
Same old school B.S. "It's for the kids" NO---- its for the gold plated pension and health benefits of the administration and teachers.
A yes vote for any of the school levys is a vote to put more money in the wallet of the administrators and teachers.
Apparently the hate continues...

The fact is, the public sector has been hit harder than any other sector in the last year.(read the article below) No one is striking... everyone is negotiating and making concessions... and yet people still rage. We have been hit... my goodness, read the headlines, everyone. Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Gahanna, Cleveland city (hundreds and hundreds gone), Columbus city, Toledo city... and this is just the beginning, because funding has been cut to schools and local entities.

You are getting what you wanted with this governor, so stop the hate. Pray for those families that will be losing their homes, their cars, and their careers. That is what I did when corporations seeking to pay slave labor overseas, rather than pay private sector workers a living wage, cut your jobs. My goodness, Bob Evans CEO made $3.8 million and the governor gave him $8 million more. What did he do... paid his employees shabby wages and benefits. So... I will pray for private and public sector workers. The middle class is not the enemy. Until we all figure this out, it will continue.

http://www.plunderbund.com/2011/04/15/thirtee ...
Vicki Kerman

Mansfield, OH

#6 Apr 20, 2011
Northridge ranks 94th of Ohio's 610 districts in terms of productivity (in the 84th percentile). http://www.compareohioschools.org
The major concern is the district's projected deficits, which means they'll be coming back for 1-1/2% next year, and 4%(!) the year after that. Administration has done a fair job at holding costs over recent years ... why the large projected increases in expenditures?
HKK

United States

#7 Apr 20, 2011
Vicki Kerman wrote:
Northridge ranks 94th of Ohio's 610 districts in terms of productivity (in the 84th percentile). http://www.compareohioschools.org
The major concern is the district's projected deficits, which means they'll be coming back for 1-1/2% next year, and 4%(!) the year after that. Administration has done a fair job at holding costs over recent years ... why the large projected increases in expenditures?
I noticed that also. How does the income tax solve the increasing deficit 2,3,4 years down the road? Is this another case of ever increasing spending regardless of whether revenue increases with the solution always being an increase in taxes?
Northridge Tax Payer

Greenville, OH

#8 Apr 20, 2011
The citizens of Northridge School District that question the levy are not anti-student. This really makes me angry, blogging and saying why people object is out of line, as the person who will vote no is participating in the American process the same as the person who votes yes. It is our right as voters to vote as we choose for our own reasons without being labeled. It reminds me of the race card the left uses when anyone disagrees with Obama. If you don't want the levy you are anti-kid, if you disagree with O then you are a racist. Come on people THINK FOR YOURSELVES and cast your vote as you see fit.
Northridge Tax Payer

Greenville, OH

#9 Apr 20, 2011
the michigan man wrote:
Same old school B.S. "It's for the kids" NO---- its for the gold plated pension and health benefits of the administration and teachers.
A yes vote for any of the school levys is a vote to put more money in the wallet of the administrators and teachers.
You do have a point. An article regarding raises for Columbus city school teachers prompted a blogger to mention how little is said about the administrators and how much they are raking in. Newark City Schools let go of their Assistant Supt during cuts a year or so back and their schools are still functioning. It shoud be "tighten your belts" for EVERYONE !
NR tax payer too

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 20, 2011
Those who live in the district have already voiced their opinion on this issue - clearly - but apparently we have to do it again in May.
For years I personally asked then treasure Felicia Drummy for budget and financial information so I could make an informed decision...I got nothing from her or the district.(and she's left the district now, wonder why).
Cuts need to be made in Administration and extra-curriculars before I would even consider voting for this.
Why not merge with Johnstown? Share administration - oh wait, fat cat administrators might be put out of work...sorry.
An income tax is the absolute wrong way to go - if they want to go back to the voters, ask for a property levy, so every household has a stake.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#11 Apr 20, 2011
It appears that there is one government agency that finally has realized that the public will no longer rubber stamp levy and other revenue requests.
The politicians will actually have to convince the voters that there is good reason for their actions.
Some of us haven't forgotten that politicians serve at the pleasure of the voters. Not all of us forget the misdeeds and overreaching and mismanagement of the past. Some of us even want to know how, when, where, why, what and how. Some politicians do, some could care less.
The Same 0ld, Same Old is not the status quo any more. Thank you, Northridge, for realizing this.

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

#12 Apr 20, 2011
NR tax payer too wrote:
Those who live in the district have already voiced their opinion on this issue - clearly - but apparently we have to do it again in May.
For years I personally asked then treasure Felicia Drummy for budget and financial information so I could make an informed decision...I got nothing from her or the district.(and she's left the district now, wonder why).
Cuts need to be made in Administration and extra-curriculars before I would even consider voting for this.
Why not merge with Johnstown? Share administration - oh wait, fat cat administrators might be put out of work...sorry.
An income tax is the absolute wrong way to go - if they want to go back to the voters, ask for a property levy, so every household has a stake.
Isn't it obvious that Felicia Drummy had no budget information? Failure to plan is to plan to fail. You cannot control finances without a Plan that you rigorously adhere to. In a period of declining revenues planning your expenditures is a MUST. You cannot effectively run any organization without restricting your expenditures.
Why not ask your politicians for the Plan for their responsibilities? Also ask then to show you how well they are adhering to that plan. Ask what they do with year-end funds (funds not spent in certain areas). Demand responsible answers.
NORTHRIDGE should MERGE

Wellington, OH

#13 Apr 20, 2011
NORTHRIDGE should MERGE

THERE is NO COMPELLING reason for NORTHRIGDE to EXIST

MERGE with a neighboring district

And SAVE TAXPAYERS money
so write

Westerville, OH

#14 Apr 20, 2011
Those of you that want bigger districts, look at the numbers of per pupil spending for 2009-2010(Ohio Dept of Ed. numbers)
Columbus City Schools: almost $15,000
Northridge Schools:$8553

How fair is that?
Wackos

Dallas, TX

#15 Apr 20, 2011
Can't wait till I am out of this school district. Tired of the same old b.s. In this district.
Hooked on Fonics

Columbus, OH

#16 Apr 20, 2011
the michigan man wrote:
Same old school B.S. "It's for the kids" NO---- its for the gold plated pension and health benefits of the administration and teachers.
A yes vote for any of the school levys is a vote to put more money in the wallet of the administrators and teachers.
Yes that 30% contribution sure is gold plated. You are a moron.
Hooked on Fonics

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 20, 2011
Northridge Tax Payer wrote:
<quoted text> You do have a point. An article regarding raises for Columbus city school teachers prompted a blogger to mention how little is said about the administrators and how much they are raking in. Newark City Schools let go of their Assistant Supt during cuts a year or so back and their schools are still functioning. It shoud be "tighten your belts" for EVERYONE !
He has no point. Review Northridge's contract. It's nothing like Columbus Public's.
Old Timer

AOL

#18 Apr 20, 2011
I took an hour to look at the compare Ohio metrics, and related the data to the dialogue regarding this article. The compare Ohio metric has this school providing the best return on investment among the top 15% of Ohio districts. Well done.

The "yelping" about administrative costs are unwarranted, and the district has lower costs per pupil administratively for the state average AND for similar districts. Seems to me, someone has a "bone to pick" with an administrative team member(s).

Finally, this tax issue is truly a renewal of what they had originally. Actually, if you want a real wakeup call, let the district crumble, merge, and you will have an eye opening experience, but one you can not undo. The bottom line is you will end up paying more, rather than less. Do the math folks, do the math.
J Bammerlin

Danville, OH

#19 Apr 20, 2011
I see that a lot of community members want to review the financial for the school. This is a great thing! I have copied the link below from the Northridge Office of the Treasurer web site, it is a document that reviews all of the financial and why additional funding is needed for Northridge Schools. Please take the time to get informed before May 3rd.

http://northridge.k12.oh.us/Northridge%20New%...
Hooked on Fonics

Columbus, OH

#20 Apr 20, 2011
Old Timer wrote:
I took an hour to look at the compare Ohio metrics, and related the data to the dialogue regarding this article. The compare Ohio metric has this school providing the best return on investment among the top 15% of Ohio districts. Well done.
The "yelping" about administrative costs are unwarranted, and the district has lower costs per pupil administratively for the state average AND for similar districts. Seems to me, someone has a "bone to pick" with an administrative team member(s).
Finally, this tax issue is truly a renewal of what they had originally. Actually, if you want a real wakeup call, let the district crumble, merge, and you will have an eye opening experience, but one you can not undo. The bottom line is you will end up paying more, rather than less. Do the math folks, do the math.
And this is why I left this district Old Timer. I refuse to answer to these people.

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