School board approves five levy options

School board approves five levy options

There are 24 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Jul 27, 2011, titled School board approves five levy options. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

Westerville voters likely will see a school levy on the November ballot, but it remains to be seen what that tax will look like.

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Cant believe it

Naperville, IL

#1 Jul 27, 2011
"The 7.9-mill property tax would cost voters an additional $242 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value."

That'll put us at 6500/year on a 240,000 dollar house in Westerville. WOW. Gotta go figure out how to pay for this third increase in five years. Is Walmart hiring yet?
Cant believe it

Naperville, IL

#2 Jul 27, 2011
Cant believe it wrote:
"The 7.9-mill property tax would cost voters an additional $242 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value."
That'll put us at 6500/year on a 240,000 dollar house in Westerville. WOW. Gotta go figure out how to pay for this third increase in five years. Is Walmart hiring yet?
My bad, it'll be a third increase in six years if it passes in November and kicks in 2012.
GOT TO STOP

Zanesville, OH

#3 Jul 27, 2011
We have to make sure that any ballot issue is defeated. A group of residence gave the board a proposal in June - that would give the board a balanced budget - it required not cutting positions, reducing transportation, not eliminating sports or arts - but the board never saw fight to take these proposals seriously - please pledge to vote against any new levy or income tax.
Jan

Canal Winchester, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2011
Thank you, Mr. Gilmartin. We, unfortunately, moved into the Westerville District
7 years ago and since that time our property taxes for schools have gone up
three times and, very frankly, we cannot take another increase. I am 74, my
husband is 76 and disabled, and our meager retirement is $18,000/yr. If
another levy is passed, school taxes alone (not including additional property
taxes) would be 25% of our income. Unlike what our government is doing,
we cannot print money to cover this debt that has been forced upon us. I
would simply ask for suggestions as to what we should do. For those in the
district who would vote for another levy, my suggestion is that they voluntarily
have an automatic payment from their checking accounts sent to the school
board. It's not "poor me", school board, it's "shame on you." Wake up to the
real world.
disgusted

Nashport, OH

#5 Jul 27, 2011
The only way we are going to stop the out of control spending by the board is to dump the whole bunch and include the superintendent! Thye continue to vote to soak the voters so that their relatives employed in the system can suck up all the funds. The Tea Party needs to field a slate of candidates to bring back fiscal responsibility.
disgusted

Nashport, OH

#6 Jul 27, 2011
No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes! No New Taxes!
macduff

United States

#7 Jul 27, 2011
you gotta be kidding.

They got me good on the last income tax increase. That was a very smart (not pleasant) move. They thought that one out.

This is reckless.

Time for new management.

They have you. You can't sell your house in the economy so you are screwed there. Wait until they pull the sob story of the poor children.

I say cut all programs other than education. If they want sports, make them self supporting. If they can't, then do not have them.

Let the teachers pay a large percentage of their medical like the rest of us do. Freeze salaries.

Also, cut out the baby sitting programs we have in the schools. This is only the beginning.

It will be interesting to see how many willa ctually vote yes to this crap. By the way, they forgot one more option---- NO MORE TAXES.
macduff

United States

#8 Jul 27, 2011
"There needs to be shared sacrifice here," balancing a levy and cuts, Hoffman said.

Mr Hoffman, whose says there has to be shared sacrifice? Are you freezing your salary.

How about the huge increase the school super got?

What about the horrible waste of money on the new exit off of 270

I am for a proud community, but times are tough- CUT BACK!
New to Westerville

Westerville, OH

#9 Jul 27, 2011
GOT TO STOP wrote:
We have to make sure that any ballot issue is defeated. A group of residence gave the board a proposal in June - that would give the board a balanced budget - it required not cutting positions, reducing transportation, not eliminating sports or arts - but the board never saw fight to take these proposals seriously - please pledge to vote against any new levy or income tax.
Will there be an option to vote against all options that will be on the ballot? I read an article that there's going to be 5 options. Which all include property tax.
Really

Westerville, OH

#10 Jul 27, 2011
Unfortunately they are NOT LISTENING to the taxpaying voters! The answer is NO MORE TAXES! CUT SPENDING!
Really

Westerville, OH

#11 Jul 27, 2011
"The earned-income tax would apply to anyone living within the Westerville City School District but would not be applied to Social Security, pension or investment income"

Looks like the democrats and their union buddies are up to some new tricks - here comes some of the class warfare tactics and redistribution of the wealth used by Obama and company. It doesn't work for our country, and it will not work for Westerville.

NO MORE TAXES!!! CUT SPENDING ON THE UNSUSTAINABLE UNION CONTRACTS!!!
TICON

Westerville, OH

#12 Jul 27, 2011
Really wrote:
Unfortunately they are NOT LISTENING to the taxpaying voters! The answer is NO MORE TAXES! CUT SPENDING!
In addition, the school board in conjunction with city council need to pass an immediate ordinance in the termination of section 8 housing along with the so called WIN WIN area. Columbus has been pushing section 8 housing into the Westerville school area as well as the other suburbs. As an additional option, we can by pass the school board and go directly to the legislature to redefine the Westerville school area and get down to a manageable school system of 5 thousand plus or minus.

Central High School would make a good office complex, etc.
Jim

Westerville, OH

#13 Jul 27, 2011
They have gone completely crazy, time to put a stop to these money hungry thugs. I will vote no to all levies and on SB5.The School Board,Mayor,and City Council all need to go! They have all spent so much money on their Westerville Way that now everyone is broke and must work just to pay their salaries. My kids go to Westerville Schools the schools were better 10 years ago at 20% of the cost.Time to show them what NO means! It was better when the Mafia ran the Unions at least things were somewhat fair then.
Ben Dover

Seymour, IL

#14 Jul 28, 2011
New to Westerville wrote:
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Will there be an option to vote against all options that will be on the ballot? I read an article that there's going to be 5 options. Which all include property tax.
No, there will only be one option on the ballot, the school board in their infinite wisdom sent five tax scenarios to the auditor because they waited until the last minute. Once the auditor tells them how much each scenario will generate, the board will choose the highest revenue generator option for the ballot.
No Mo Money

Marengo, OH

#15 Jul 28, 2011
NO to ANY levy. Just no money left. The last increase that passed by the same remarkable 53 to 47 % increased my taxes dramatically.( Someone else had posted the very curious fact the the levies all seem to pass at 53/47. I find it hard to believe that that is possible or legit. The probability of that should be slim....interesting.) My property taxes have tripled in a very short time, while the recession has taken a toll on my income. And with all the other costly increases just to live, I cannot afford any more school taxes to pay for the over paid superintendent and principals and now deans? Cut the cost and don't hold the kids music, art and sports hostage.
GOT TO STOP

Zanesville, OH

#16 Jul 28, 2011
Two seats are up for election this November - Ms. Crowe and Mr. Gale are the two seats that will be up for new candidates. Pete Wilms and carol French are attempting to run and they both stand for financial stability. We need to make sure that Wilms and French get elected to the two seats and then we need to make sure that whatever the BOE decides to put on the ballot is DEFEATED.
Concerned in Westerville

Naperville, IL

#17 Jul 28, 2011
The BOE has given union contracts with raises when the rest of the citizens went without raises, many even who lost jobs. Even in a good economy, the price of the union luxury benefits is too much. School benefits and salaries need to be cut back to private sector levels of equal education. By the way, why do we need a masters degree to teach kindergarten-8th grade? This is another unnecessary cost to the district. Lots of waste to cut. The only way the BOE will get the message is if we are willing to endure a strike. We also need new BOE members elected. Wilms and French sound good if they will say no to union demands and threats.
dingydougie

Logan, OH

#18 Jul 28, 2011
No Mo Money wrote:
NO to ANY levy. Just no money left. The last increase that passed by the same remarkable 53 to 47 % increased my taxes dramatically.( Someone else had posted the very curious fact the the levies all seem to pass at 53/47. I find it hard to believe that that is possible or legit. The probability of that should be slim....interesting.) My property taxes have tripled in a very short time, while the recession has taken a toll on my income. And with all the other costly increases just to live, I cannot afford any more school taxes to pay for the over paid superintendent and principals and now deans? Cut the cost and don't hold the kids music, art and sports hostage.
Unless a school levy goes down to a resounding defeat(at least 60% against), school districts historically have, and will certainly continue into the future, keep putting it up for vote(fittingly without regard to election associated costs) every 3-6 months until they have switched enough no votes to yes votes. As everyone knows, they use tried and true scare tactics, threats and extortion to accomplish their single-minded goal of obtaining the additional funds they need for the next round of pay increases.

That is why it is critically important for every rational voter to go to the polls and vote no so as to ensure an overwhelming defeat. Only a lopsided defeat will send a clear and unmistakeable message to these savages that enough is enough, and that it would be futile to put it on the ballot in the near future.
Jaded cynic

Grove City, OH

#19 Jul 29, 2011
GOT TO STOP wrote:
Two seats are up for election this November - Ms. Crowe and Mr. Gale are the two seats that will be up for new candidates. Pete Wilms and carol French are attempting to run and they both stand for financial stability. We need to make sure that Wilms and French get elected to the two seats and then we need to make sure that whatever the BOE decides to put on the ballot is DEFEATED.
Its important we get fiscal conservatives on this board asap. The wasteful spending and constant taxes are outrageous. Please sign the ballot petitions so Pete and Carol can get on the ballot. The insufferable current board members have got to go!!
Westerville Teacher

Lewis Center, OH

#20 Jul 30, 2011
Bend over taxpayers. I want a bit fat raise!

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