School districts seek levies

School districts seek levies

There are 62 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 2, 2008, titled School districts seek levies. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Two Summit County school districts seeking new money on Tuesday's special election ballot have cut expenses and reduced their levy requests after voters turned them down in the March primary.

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Mars Bonfire

Clearwater, FL

#1 Aug 2, 2008
Guess what, they are gonna turn those levies down again to if they have any sense. Taking once again from the people to give to education administrators and teachers who already have a nice job package. They are as bad as the government people. The citizens have become the slaves to their public servants.
OldManGrump

Dallas, TX

#3 Aug 3, 2008
Tallmadge schools do not need the levy. They need to balance their budget better. The overpaid teachers with 15 years service make $75,000 for 180 days work minus their monthly paid sick day and pay $20 for monthly health insurance. It's a joke what the school teachers pay for their medical care vs the rest of the populous. Meanwhile, everyone else is struggling to pay for gas, utilities, and food plus already too high real estate taxes. I'm sure the people of Stow feel the same.

Vote NO and tell your school board to balance their budget with the monies they already receive.
May Fong

Sheffield Lake, OH

#4 Aug 3, 2008
Well if you cant get it done on a regular voting day... Sneak it in when no one expects it. That's how they do it now a days.

Just tell the kids to inform their parents to see if just a few with school age kids will get it through.
Try It Again

Akron, OH

#5 Aug 3, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
Tallmadge schools do not need the levy. They need to balance their budget better. The overpaid teachers with 15 years service make $75,000 for 180 days work minus their monthly paid sick day and pay $20 for monthly health insurance. It's a joke what the school teachers pay for their medical care vs the rest of the populous. Meanwhile, everyone else is struggling to pay for gas, utilities, and food plus already too high real estate taxes. I'm sure the people of Stow feel the same.
Vote NO and tell your school board to balance their budget with the monies they already receive.
Grump - you are right. The school funding issues need to be fixed in Ohio. I can't afford more school real estate taxes. I can barely pay for my gas to go to work, and food for my family now.
solitare

AOL

#6 Aug 3, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
Tallmadge schools do not need the levy. They need to balance their budget better. The overpaid teachers with 15 years service make $75,000 for 180 days work minus their monthly paid sick day and pay $20 for monthly health insurance. It's a joke what the school teachers pay for their medical care vs the rest of the populous. Meanwhile, everyone else is struggling to pay for gas, utilities, and food plus already too high real estate taxes. I'm sure the people of Stow feel the same.
Vote NO and tell your school board to balance their budget with the monies they already receive.
FYI.... If you would cancel your internet service(and do us all a favor)you would be able to afford the levy!
SOG

Canton, OH

#7 Aug 3, 2008
For once I agree with OMG....Levies are all about the TEACHERS and what they can steal from the taxpayers....If you don't believe it ...ask them to break up their UNION, of course they won't, this union and others like it serve no pupose other than keeping themselves in power against the people.
JJP

Rock Hill, SC

#8 Aug 3, 2008
and just exactly how do they expect people to keep affording yet another school levy? Many people are laid off from their jobs, and are having a hard enough time making their mortgage.
It will serve no purpose for any school district wanting to add yet another levy, if it also causes someone to say "I give up" I can't afford to pay my mortgage, taxes, insurance, food, utilities etc, on my unemployment check.

Are the school districts unaware of the unemployment in the area? Maybe the school districts need to look at their budgets a little closer? Especially the perks allowed to their employees....and before any teacher/employee comes in here saying, yes I have the summer off, but I also work from home everyday during the year...so do we. We put in 8 hours at the office, and many many of us continue to work from home in the evening and work full year for our salary. We also usually contribute much more for our medical. Maybe it's time for some concessions from the school employees.
Cant afford it

Stow, OH

#9 Aug 3, 2008
solitare wrote:
<quoted text>FYI.... If you would cancel your internet service(and do us all a favor)you would be able to afford the levy!
Why should he reduce his standard of living to increase a teacher's? We as a Nation are too greedy.
I'm voting NO.
solitare

Stow, OH

#10 Aug 3, 2008
Cant afford it wrote:
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Why should he reduce his standard of living to increase a teacher's? We as a Nation are too greedy.
I'm voting NO.
1.Because those teachers are responsible for eduating the future adults of our country.
2. Do you not want better for your children than you had for yourself?

Since: Mar 07

Tulsa, OK

#11 Aug 3, 2008
{{{A district must return to the voters for a new levy to capture current property values.}}}

So, how many times has the district gone to the voters when property values have decreased?

None.
XDEM

Canton, OH

#12 Aug 3, 2008
solitare wrote:
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1.Because those teachers are responsible for eduating the future adults of our country.
2. Do you not want better for your children than you had for yourself?
They need to do a better job. I wish I could be guaranteed a job no mater how I performed and get a raise. All I have to say is "it is my customers fault that I perform so poorly, give me more money and I can make it better."
If the teachers want to make more money they should go to the private sector and work year round.
Janet

Stow, OH

#13 Aug 3, 2008
OldManGrump wrote:
Tallmadge schools do not need the levy. They need to balance their budget better. The overpaid teachers with 15 years service make $75,000 for 180 days work minus their monthly paid sick day and pay $20 for monthly health insurance.
Please cite the source. I doubt this is true.

Once again the old man is probably lying to support his hatred of schools, teachers, kids...

Hummm. Shame on him.
Taxed out

Akron, OH

#15 Aug 3, 2008
solitare wrote:
<quoted text>FYI.... If you would cancel your internet service(and do us all a favor)you would be able to afford the levy!
Typical socialist. Give up what he enjoys to support everyone else?

It's like the "it'll only cost you a dollar a day" argument. It's my dollar!

You need to understand that I'm tired of sacrificing at home so that teachers, administrators, and all the other over staffed, overpaid government workers can live off my tax money!

Maybe OMG will be willing to vote yes if you give something up and pay his portion.
Voting no too

Stow, OH

#16 Aug 3, 2008
solitare wrote:
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1.Because those teachers are responsible for eduating the future adults of our country.
2. Do you not want better for your children than you had for yourself?
Unfortunately, the teachers now a days are forced to teach with a goal of meeting State proficiency test results. Parents need to be very invloved in their childrens development if they want them to be "successful" in life. I think it is time to do more with less and to simplify our lives.
Taxed out

Akron, OH

#17 Aug 3, 2008
solitare wrote:
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1.Because those teachers are responsible for eduating the future adults of our country.
2. Do you not want better for your children than you had for yourself?
Yes and look at what they have been turning out. "Adults" that can't count change back to you without the cash register telling them how much. And even then they get it wrong 25% of the time. And the only thing an "excellent" rating means is that have perfected manipulating the testing mechanism.

VOTE NO
Taxed out

Akron, OH

#18 Aug 3, 2008
Janet wrote:
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Please cite the source. I doubt this is true.
Once again the old man is probably lying to support his hatred of schools, teachers, kids...
Hummm. Shame on him.
Check the Ohio Department of Educations web site. I'd say the figures given aree correct.

Question: why at levy time do teachers scream "do it for the kids"? when really they want it so that they can get raises. Levys aren't for the kids. They are for salarys and benefits.
Try It Again

Akron, OH

#19 Aug 3, 2008
Janet wrote:
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Please cite the source. I doubt this is true.
Once again the old man is probably lying to support his hatred of schools, teachers, kids...
Hummm. Shame on him.
Grump is correct. There was an article in the Tallmadge Express a few weeks back that outlined the teachers salary and medical healthcare costs. He's not lying.
solitare

Stow, OH

#20 Aug 3, 2008
Taxed out wrote:
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Check the Ohio Department of Educations web site. I'd say the figures given aree correct.
Question: why at levy time do teachers scream "do it for the kids"? when really they want it so that they can get raises. Levys aren't for the kids. They are for salarys and benefits.
Sorry the raises will happen regardless of the levy. Guess what schools have utilities to pay. How much have your utilities gone up in the past years? Would you rather purchase the supplies that it takes to educate a child? Obviously you don't even realize what is involved. How about if you have to send $$$ each week to pay for the busses that pick your children up, you know for gasoline and insurance? Do you want your child educated by someone who hasn't done anything to further their education? Would you take your child to a doctor who practiced medicine according to the standards of 20 yrs ago? Quit slamming teachers and be realistic, teachers are not wealthy people. The costs just to operate a building have increased drastically and the $$$ of 5 years ago does not cover it!!!!!
RU Kiddingme

AOL

#21 Aug 3, 2008
Ask Tom Headrick to come up with my share.

When we voted to fund the building of the new schools in Tallmadge (which we didn't need), the school board told us they would never need to ask us for more operating money if we would just give them this money for buildings. I'm holding them to that promise.

With my work schedule and my commute, it'll be a pain in my @$$ to find time to vote no on Tuesday, but I'll do it.

Or maybe they could just sell that shiny new high school to the Chinese if they need money so damn bad.
Ashamed of Tallmadge

Malvern, OH

#22 Aug 3, 2008
So Tallmadge wants to become little Springfield Township. Another little poor white trash suburb of Akron where every levy fails and good kids, good teachers and good businesses leave as schools get shut down and teachers laid off. It is a wonderful thing to do to a nice community just because a teacher's salary and benefits are published. I'm sure Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, and Hudson will gladly accept our fine students and fine teachers and the excellent results they achieve every year. A vote no is vote against this community and where its values are.

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