Rootstown, Waterloo levies lose

Rootstown, Waterloo levies lose

There are 1 comment on the story from May 3, 2011, titled Rootstown, Waterloo levies lose. In it, reports that:

Voters in the Rootstown and Waterloo districts turned down school levies Tuesday.

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Only A Cup of Coffee

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 4, 2011
I would like to give my 2 cents on why the Rootstown School Levy failed again. I believe people are tired of being told (as the reason for why more money will be coming out of their pockets), that it’s “only a $1 a day more”, or fill in the blank for the cost. Now, to follow this type of reasoning to its logical conclusion, look at it this way:
I only have to spend $300 more a year for my health insurance
I only have to spend $30 more a week for gas
I only have to spend $330 more a year for the Rootstown School Levy
I only have to spend $30 more a week for groceries
I only have to spend $20 more a quarter for Rootstown water & sewer
So, let’s take a look at what the “only” add up to. Wow, I only have to spend $3,830.00 more a year in expenses I can’t cut (and this doesn’t even include electricity and natural gas). Is it any wonder why people are having trouble making ends meet? The “only” line doesn’t cut it. You need to build your case, not try to guilt trip people who are already cash strapped by rising health insurance costs, fuel costs, food costs and utility costs.
By the way, I found the “it’s only a cup of coffee a day” flyer insulting. I don’t buy a cup of coffee a day, I make my own because I need to save money. And, it’s “only” none of your business to tell me what my family can or can’t afford a month. Stop trying to demean the residents of this community because they can’t afford what you want.
So, I would suggest you stick to the facts about why cost saving measures weren’t put into place by the Rootstown Schools until the first levy that they were seeking in 2010 failed. How are the funds from the renewal of the emergency levy being used? What assurances does the community have that the majority of funds from the levy won’t all go to raises for the administration and teachers? And the most important question (especially since the Rootstown Schools just received the renewal of its Emergency Levy), what’s going to prevent the Rootstown Schools from coming back in a year with yet another levy (if this 5.96 levy is approved because I’m sure it will be back on the ballot in August or November)?

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