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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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uma

Columbus, OH

#21 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?
Because stuff costs more, and expenses go up!!! Have ya noticed?
Northridge Parent

Columbus, OH

#22 Apr 20, 2011
Citizen for many years wrote:
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.
Could you explain your comment. It IS exclusively for the school. What else would it be for?
Vicki Kerman

AOL

#23 Apr 20, 2011
Old Timer ... yup. They have done a good job.

Taxpayers/residents should, however, be asking the school officials just why they're forecasting such huge deficits for the next two years ...$2.X million next year and $6.X million the year after that? Ummm ... why?
The bigger issue ... why isn't the school board asking that question? Aren't they elected representatives and supposedly standing up for taxpayer interests?
waiting for spring

Pataskala, OH

#24 Apr 20, 2011
The article states that teachers pay 30% of their health care costs, what % do the administrators pay? How much of their retirement benefits do the administrators pay? Not sure if it would help pass the income tax, but some school districts only apply it to earned income, so retired people on a limited, fixed income would not have an additional tax to pay.
Sam

Columbus, OH

#25 Apr 21, 2011
NR tax payer too wrote:
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).
Everything financial is on the district web page.
Sam

Columbus, OH

#26 Apr 21, 2011
waiting for spring wrote:
Not sure if it would help pass the income tax, but some school districts only apply it to earned income, so retired people on a limited, fixed income would not have an additional tax to pay.
That is the same with the Northridge levy.. I know social security, child support, and others were mentioned at the meeting as not being affected.
Sam

Columbus, OH

#27 Apr 21, 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.
Wow - Someone who actually took the time to do some research and really think through what is going on. I stand and applaud you Old Timer!!!

As a side note, if I wanted my children to go to Johnstown, I would have bought a home in Johnstown.
Old Timer

AOL

#28 Apr 21, 2011
Vicki Kerman wrote:
Old Timer ... yup. They have done a good job.
Taxpayers/residents should, however, be asking the school officials just why they're forecasting such huge deficits for the next two years ...$2.X million next year and $6.X million the year after that? Ummm ... why?
The bigger issue ... why isn't the school board asking that question? Aren't they elected representatives and supposedly standing up for taxpayer interests?
My educated guess, and it is a good one, is that the deficits include loss of ferderal stimulus money, plus the loss of the income tax they originally had. When calculating deficits, once the deficit begins, unless corrective action is taken, the projected deficit will double annually.

Originally, we were required to conduct five year forecasts, and base them on historic activity. Lo and behold, nearly evry district would project a deficit by year five. The resaon is that costs have inflationary factors, as well as double digit insurance premium costs, and even if no one received a base salary increase, payroll increases a bit under 3% annually, due to salary schedules.

This is one reason there was a possible bill being floated to eliminate the five year forecast, or shorten it to three. People, like you, are now asking, why are these deficits occuring?

As an administrator and board, you need to look for income growth, and the only real growth USUALLY came from income tax, that is until the recession hit. Hope this helps you.
Vivian

Columbus, OH

#29 Apr 26, 2011
Thanks, OldTimer. I wish more people would take the time to ask these questions and instead of assuming the "board and administrators" are wasting money and running around willy-nilly marking things up, there are reasons for the deficits and the personnel that I have dealt with at Northridge have all, to a person, been willing and helpful to me in getting me the information I ask for.
If you are voting "no" because of something that happened in the past, or something that you "heard" was true - please, before you vote based on that, ask someone on the board or in the treasurer's office for an answer. If you are voting "no", because "times are tough", think about the hypocrisy of that. So times are tough for YOU, so you can't afford to pay a tax to a school that depends on it for their basic daily needs? I guess times aren't tough for schools? Ask yourself this - is the defeat of this tax levy going to change the way school funding works?
Please don't hurt my child's future by trying to fix a much bigger issue with your "no" vote.

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