Rootstown, Waterloo levies lose
#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 itís ďonly a $1 a day moreĒ, 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, letís take a look at what the ďonlyĒ add up to. Wow, I only have to spend $3,830.00 more a year in expenses I canít cut (and this doesnít even include electricity and natural gas). Is it any wonder why people are having trouble making ends meet? The ďonlyĒ line doesnít 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 ďitís only a cup of coffee a dayĒ flyer insulting. I donít buy a cup of coffee a day, I make my own because I need to save money. And, itís ďonlyĒ none of your business to tell me what my family can or canít afford a month. Stop trying to demean the residents of this community because they canít afford what you want.
So, I would suggest you stick to the facts about why cost saving measures werenít 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 wonít 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), whatís going to prevent the Rootstown Schools from coming back in a year with yet another levy (if this 5.96 levy is approved because Iím sure it will be back on the ballot in August or November)?
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