Stow-Munroe Falls schools put levy on...

Stow-Munroe Falls schools put levy on August ballot

There are 22 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 22, 2008, titled Stow-Munroe Falls schools put levy on August ballot. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The Stow-Munroe Falls School District will ask voters to pass an additional 3.2-mill, five-year property tax levy in the Aug.

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Mars

Stow, OH

#1 May 22, 2008
Even if the levy passes, Stow-Munroe Falls will remain one of only three districts in Summit County with total school millage of under fifty mills. It's amazing how the people from that area whine when they have one of the lowest overall tax rates in the county. But then again, the school system teaches investigative math. Maybe they can't figure it out.
Use Common Sense

Kent, OH

#2 May 22, 2008
Is this Grumps school district?? Man is he gonna be P.O.'d
Todd

Allen Park, MI

#3 May 22, 2008
Mars wrote:
Even if the levy passes, Stow-Munroe Falls will remain one of only three districts in Summit County with total school millage of under fifty mills. It's amazing how the people from that area whine when they have one of the lowest overall tax rates in the county. But then again, the school system teaches investigative math. Maybe they can't figure it out.
The millage in Stow doesn't need to be as high as most districts because of the high value of the homes. The property values in Stow, especially some neighborhoods have increased as the average home values in most areas in Summit County and Ohio have decreased. The millage in Stow gets a lot of bang for the buck. Another reason the residents have been shooting down NEW money levies is because they've been consistantly voting yes on what basically amounts to yearly renewal levies. The disctrict has shown it has room to cut and most residents and families agree with pay to play sports as well as increasing the size of classrooms thus eliminating a need to hire more teachers at this time. Another reason Stow's millage can be lower overall (even though the individual property owners pay more than average due to their home value) is because Stow has had land to grow with more homes being built. Call Farms was a huge lift to the tax base and now another large developement is being built between rt. 59 and North River Road. Stow has had an advantage of new home building unlike Akron and Cuyahoga Falls where properties are aging and less room for expansion. The last time Stow voted thru a new levy a few years ago the first thing that happened was the faculty and executives got lucrative raises and benefits even though the levy was promoted as a maintenance necessity and "the children will suffer". Stow residents remember and the board has had an uphill battle to try to remarket their levy requests. They've also admitted in the Stow Sentry this past Sunday that their projected estimate of a deficit (maybe but not certain) that "may" take place in 2010 did NOT include income from the two renewal levies coming up. Just because a district places a new levy on the ballot does not mean the residents should not ask questions and even demand that the new money be spent on only the issues that the board is promoting to voters.

just-me

“The Thinker, aka, Dylan. ;O)”

Since: Mar 08

Rev. 21:3-5

#4 May 22, 2008
Unbelievable! They're going to try it again? We pay too much already. Cut the fat in the salaries for the administrators if you need money. They make over $100,000 a year. It doesn't matter if that's the going rate, they all need to make less. They want more money for a job not well done. VOTE NO!
Mars

Stow, OH

#5 May 22, 2008
Todd wrote:
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The millage in Stow doesn't need to be as high as most districts because of the high value of the homes. The property values in Stow, especially some neighborhoods have increased as the average home values in most areas in Summit County and Ohio have decreased. The millage in Stow gets a lot of bang for the buck. Another reason the residents have been shooting down NEW money levies is because they've been consistantly voting yes on what basically amounts to yearly renewal levies. The disctrict has shown it has room to cut and most residents and families agree with pay to play sports as well as increasing the size of classrooms thus eliminating a need to hire more teachers at this time. Another reason Stow's millage can be lower overall (even though the individual property owners pay more than average due to their home value) is because Stow has had land to grow with more homes being built. Call Farms was a huge lift to the tax base and now another large developement is being built between rt. 59 and North River Road. Stow has had an advantage of new home building unlike Akron and Cuyahoga Falls where properties are aging and less room for expansion. The last time Stow voted thru a new levy a few years ago the first thing that happened was the faculty and executives got lucrative raises and benefits even though the levy was promoted as a maintenance necessity and "the children will suffer". Stow residents remember and the board has had an uphill battle to try to remarket their levy requests. They've also admitted in the Stow Sentry this past Sunday that their projected estimate of a deficit (maybe but not certain) that "may" take place in 2010 did NOT include income from the two renewal levies coming up. Just because a district places a new levy on the ballot does not mean the residents should not ask questions and even demand that the new money be spent on only the issues that the board is promoting to voters.
You are correct. The millage does not have to be as high as some areas but the school system cannot take advantage of any new construction unless they pass a new levy for additional monies. As the total value of property increases, state law mandates a reduction of the millage in all current school levies to generate the exact amount of money requested when the levy was initially passed. Therefore, districts must pass additional levies to take advantage of any new construction.
Todd

Allen Park, MI

#6 May 22, 2008
just-me wrote:
Unbelievable! They're going to try it again? We pay too much already. Cut the fat in the salaries for the administrators if you need money. They make over $100,000 a year. It doesn't matter if that's the going rate, they all need to make less. They want more money for a job not well done. VOTE NO!
Why does your location say Egypt, but your IP is Stow? Just wondering if you are from Egypt, or travel there some. My parents really enjoyed touring Egypt. I've got some nice lamps from there.
Todd

Allen Park, MI

#7 May 22, 2008
Mars wrote:
<quoted text>You are correct. The millage does not have to be as high as some areas but the school system cannot take advantage of any new construction unless they pass a new levy for additional monies. As the total value of property increases, state law mandates a reduction of the millage in all current school levies to generate the exact amount of money requested when the levy was initially passed. Therefore, districts must pass additional levies to take advantage of any new construction.
Oh, how well I know. I built my home in 2004, and since that time I've seen the amount of taxes I pay to Stow-Monroe Falls schools go WAY up. We have passed levies and they are reaping the benefits already. I know many families in Stow that have moved south (out of state) to places with less property tax burden. They just couldn't take they way this state has managed to school money and forced local districts to constantly be asking for levies (even when they get one passed another one shows up within 2 years).
Todd

Allen Park, MI

#8 May 22, 2008
Mars wrote:
<quoted text>You are correct. The millage does not have to be as high as some areas but the school system cannot take advantage of any new construction unless they pass a new levy for additional monies.
I don't think I'm reading this right. Newly constructed homes have a high value and the owners will have to pay taxes on that value. When I built mine, the county placed a value on it, and the tax bill was sent. New homes mean more tax base and the burden is SUPPOSED to be spread thinner across more property owners. Maybe that's what you were saying. We're saying the same thing I think.
Mars

United States

#10 May 22, 2008
Todd wrote:
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I don't think I'm reading this right. Newly constructed homes have a high value and the owners will have to pay taxes on that value. When I built mine, the county placed a value on it, and the tax bill was sent. New homes mean more tax base and the burden is SUPPOSED to be spread thinner across more property owners. Maybe that's what you were saying. We're saying the same thing I think.
A new homeowner will pay his or her share of the taxes while there will be a slight reduction for everybody else. Unless a new levy is passed, new construction will cause property taxes to decrease across the board.
Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#11 May 22, 2008
Sad day for the citizens of Stow. Just say NO to new school taxes where ever they are being asked for an increase. People can't sfford to pay more. tighten your belt Stow school district.
Todd

Allen Park, MI

#12 May 22, 2008
Mars wrote:
<quoted text>A new homeowner will pay his or her share of the taxes while there will be a slight reduction for everybody else. Unless a new levy is passed, new construction will cause property taxes to decrease across the board.
One would think that this should be the case. But, since I have lived in Stow and watched more and more homes being built, my taxes have NEVER gone down, always up. I've seen the portion the school gets go UP, when we've known that there were people owning homes. It doesn't make since except that we have passed a new levy in the past 4 years as well as renewals. In my 14 years living in Stow before I built a house I also NEVER saw a reduction in our property taxes (school's portion) even though some years there were no NEW levies yet increasing residents. It's no wonder Stow voters have found things amiss and questionable.
kimkim

AOL

#13 May 22, 2008
well.
Cliff

AOL

#14 May 22, 2008
I dont think the taxpayers are getting any new money in either!
new kid

Elyria, OH

#16 May 22, 2008
When housing price up and tax up, they never reduce the millage. When housing price flat, they raise millage, and when the housing price down, they raise millage.

IT IS CRAZY.

The millage should never change. Keep the way it was, or reduce/increase according to the housing price.

Ohio is already among the highest taxed state. Where is the end of tunnel?
JFK Dem

Canton, OH

#17 May 22, 2008
Just vote NO. Trim the fat. Larger class sizes, pay to play. Anything but raise the taxes on us again.
MaD

United States

#18 May 22, 2008
JFK Dem wrote:
Just vote NO. Trim the fat. Larger class sizes, pay to play. Anything but raise the taxes on us again.
The republican Bush administration has done sooo much damage to everyone, the money is gone!!! All of you that voted Bush, I hope you're proud cause your kids will pick up this heavy tab...
Rob

Phoenix, AZ

#19 May 22, 2008
I find it amusing to read "tighten your belt" or "cut the fat" when it comes to school districts needing/wanting more money. Larger class sizes don't work. Ask a teacher. You have 35 kids in one class, with one teacher (and maybe one aide). Of those 35 kids, its likely that at least 10 of them will need specialized attention. The teacher then needs to teach toward those 10 kids, instead of the 25 that can keep up.
I remember last year in a couple of districts, teachers took pay cuts because of levy failures.
NE Ohio is going to be getting what it pays for with education...and its not much.

just-me

“The Thinker, aka, Dylan. ;O)”

Since: Mar 08

Rev. 21:3-5

#20 May 22, 2008
Todd wrote:
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Why does your location say Egypt, but your IP is Stow? Just wondering if you are from Egypt, or travel there some. My parents really enjoyed touring Egypt. I've got some nice lamps from there.
Oh no, I'm not in Egypt at least literally anyway. When you register with TOPIX there is a space to put what neighborhood you are from. I put Egypt because most of the time I feel like I am wandering around in the wilderness, this planet is NOT for me. Just a joke.
Use Common Sense

Kent, OH

#21 May 23, 2008
Old Man Grump...
"Sad day for the citizens of Stow. Just say NO to new school taxes where ever they are being asked for an increase. People can't sfford to pay more. tighten your belt Stow school district."

That was the theme song being sung in Barberton and I was sure that people understood that in a time of recession, record high energy prices, high food & etc., you don't vote on a school levy. But the idiot voters passed a school levy and will take more money out of my families wallets. I would never have believed people could be that selfish to vote in a levy when others are struggling. It's a d&mn shame and now we're stuck with it. Kids still learn without levies, vote them down whenever you can, send a strong message that more taxes will not be tolerated.
Stow

Cleveland, OH

#22 May 23, 2008
We are in the process of building in Stow as well. Our house will be complete right before the levy goes on the ballet. Perfect timing!!!! LOL.

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