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There are 50 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Oct 23, 2009, titled Children Services Levy Will Keep Vital Programs Going | WBNS-10.... In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

Franklin County voters are being asked to approve Issue 4 or risk cuts to some of children's services more important programs, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported Friday.

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Need real solutions

Columbus, OH

#41 Oct 28, 2009
Here is what I understand, I am open to correction;

The levy is a "replacement" levy for one that is already in place. It is lower than the current levy meaning the cost to the homeowner would actually be less.

The levy provides ONE THIRD of the budget for Children Services.

In a review of my property tax summary the agency receives $190.97 a year. If I understand correctly, my tax would actually decrease if I vote for levy.

I am not here to be pro or con, just willing to be enlightened.

I also see the following;
MRDD $321.87
zoo $33.63
school $1, 726.65
Vocational school $105.66
STEP

Columbus, OH

#42 Oct 28, 2009
LOOK YOU PPL JUST DONT GET IT, WHAT IF THIS FALLS THRU THINK ABOUT ALL THESE YOUNG CHILDREN THAT DO NEED THESE SERVICES? ITS THE IGNORANCE AND LACK OF KNOWING THIS INFO......WHERE PARENTS ARE AFFARID TO ASK FOR HELP YOUR ALL SO QUICK TO JUDGE EVERYONE THERE ARE TO MANY MOM'S KILLING THIER KIDS, OR BOYFRIENDS BEATING THIER KIDS. AND BECAUSE MOMS ARE SCARED THEY WILL LOOK BAD TO ASK FOR HELP. BY THEN IT'S TOO LATE THATS WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE NEWS HEADLINES.......... DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO ANTHOR INNOCENT CHILD. AGAIN, HELP SAVE THIS FUNDING FOR OUR KIDS YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU, YOUR SELF MIGHT BENIFIT FROM IT. AT WHAT PT. DID YOU HEAR THIS MOTHER HAD A DRUG PROBLEM? OR COULDNT AFFORD HER KIDS. IM SURE BEING A SINGLE MOTHER OF THREE KIDS GETS TOUGH, WE DONT KNOW WHAT LED UP TO HER CASE BEING OPENED BUT DID YOU ACTUALLY SEE THE FOOTAGE WHERE SHE SAID SHE TOOK HER CHILDERN THERE? U PPL MAKE ME SICK 30$ EXTRA A MO ISNT KILLIN NE1'S BUDGET GO ON A DIET EAT IN MORE, MABYE YOU CAN AFFORD THINGS
Wally

Sandviken, Sweden

#43 Oct 29, 2009
It's not politically correct for us to say anything about FRK.CO. childrens serv. or MRDD. The media is HUSH,HUSH about issue #4. A very small paragraph was published in the DISPATCH,about the $2.25 million dollar STIMULUS money FRK.CO.MRDD received,it was big news they wanted to hide ,to protect issue #4.FRANKLIN CO. continually waste taxpayer $$$on follies LINCOLN THREATER,the City Center Park is the next waste of money.Waste,SPEND,WASTE ,SPEND !!!
Concerned Social Worker

Philo, OH

#44 Oct 29, 2009
I will not be voting for this Levy. I have worked for FCCS, been a volunteer for FCCS and worked in the community trying to navigate that system. The agency is mismanaged. There is so much money that is wasted. There are individuals that have stolen from the agency, been fraudulant on documents, stolen thousands from the Christmas Program and other departments within that agency and yet they still have their jobs. There were very few that did lose their jobs after much extensive investigation and years of trying to get them fired, but in the end they were not actually fired but allowed to resign. So these same people are able to turn around and get jobs working with kids and families and exhibiting the same behaviors. There is so much "dead weight" at the agency that if they would just eliminate the individuals who are overpaid and do nothing, they would have more available money for families and children. Perhaps if their money from taxpayers is cut off, someone will actually investigate what truly goes on behind the walls of FCCS.
Yes or No

Columbus, OH

#45 Oct 29, 2009
Concerned Social Worker wrote:
I will not be voting for this Levy. I have worked for FCCS, been a volunteer for FCCS and worked in the community trying to navigate that system. The agency is mismanaged. There is so much money that is wasted. There are individuals that have stolen from the agency, been fraudulant on documents, stolen thousands from the Christmas Program and other departments within that agency and yet they still have their jobs. There were very few that did lose their jobs after much extensive investigation and years of trying to get them fired, but in the end they were not actually fired but allowed to resign. So these same people are able to turn around and get jobs working with kids and families and exhibiting the same behaviors. There is so much "dead weight" at the agency that if they would just eliminate the individuals who are overpaid and do nothing, they would have more available money for families and children. Perhaps if their money from taxpayers is cut off, someone will actually investigate what truly goes on behind the walls of FCCS.
THANK YOU for coming forth & being HONEST!! I am sure of 2 things: 1) It's definitly the same for our SCHOOLS & 2) Some "bleeding hearts" aren't going to believe you(us)!!!!!
Need real solutions

Columbus, OH

#46 Oct 30, 2009
Okay, I have started this posts several times the past few days...Kept thinking better of it. I pray this does not come back to haunt me...

I have worked for the agency for years. The agency you describe is so different from my experiences. Workers are so busy and bogged down with paperwork. Working through lunches, eating at the desk, and helping others with crisis situations is the norm...and no one really complains. There is not a day goes by that at least one of our clients does not touch our hearts. Sometimes you go home and pull your children close.

Most of us live in our own corner of the world. Though we hear things and know people live differently than us, to come face to face with reality can be devastating. There is no judgement here, there are hurting people and limited resources.

I have been in several positions and have not had access to money or items to steal. There are lists, required signatures, etc. just for bus passes. Material items must be reviewed with supervisors and associates. To say they are being frugal is an understatement.

Waste? Probably...all large agencies have to some degree. But I can assure you this, there are people working on their own time to help with recycling, ways to save money and resources etc.

As for the mismanagement of the agency...if things are as you describe ( I have no knowledge of the allegations), it sounds as if the new management is taking care of business. One way or another, it sounds as if it is getting addressed.

If you worked for the agency, you know the low pay, long hours, the necessity of multi tasking to stay on top of things. Yet, people stay.

Vote for or against the levy...we all have our own personal issues and financial situations that do not require justification.
Concerned

Canal Winchester, OH

#47 Oct 31, 2009
Need real solutions wrote:
Okay, I have started this posts several times the past few days...Kept thinking better of it. I pray this does not come back to haunt me...
I have worked for the agency for years. The agency you describe is so different from my experiences. Workers are so busy and bogged down with paperwork. Working through lunches, eating at the desk, and helping others with crisis situations is the norm...and no one really complains. There is not a day goes by that at least one of our clients does not touch our hearts. Sometimes you go home and pull your children close.
Most of us live in our own corner of the world. Though we hear things and know people live differently than us, to come face to face with reality can be devastating. There is no judgement here, there are hurting people and limited resources.
I have been in several positions and have not had access to money or items to steal. There are lists, required signatures, etc. just for bus passes. Material items must be reviewed with supervisors and associates. To say they are being frugal is an understatement.
Waste? Probably...all large agencies have to some degree. But I can assure you this, there are people working on their own time to help with recycling, ways to save money and resources etc.
As for the mismanagement of the agency...if things are as you describe ( I have no knowledge of the allegations), it sounds as if the new management is taking care of business. One way or another, it sounds as if it is getting addressed.
If you worked for the agency, you know the low pay, long hours, the necessity of multi tasking to stay on top of things. Yet, people stay.
Vote for or against the levy...we all have our own personal issues and financial situations that do not require justification.
Well said!
awesome

Dublin, OH

#48 Nov 3, 2009
children "services" is a service that can go away. Their practices are archaic! I have worked in schools and daycares for 25 years and have dealt wth this idiotic service numerous times. They do not need more money-they need a clue! Can people vote for that?
Rick

Uniontown, OH

#49 Nov 3, 2009
It goes to a good cause. However, I will be voting to turn down this levy and any other levy that raises taxes. It seems every year someone puts more and more stuff on the levy that will increase taxes. It's down right wrong, we just had a school levy passed a few years ago and the school the 3 different schools they demolished was in perfect condition. They just wanted to combine all the schools from K-12 into 1 building.
Rick

Uniontown, OH

#50 Nov 3, 2009
Unfotunetly, It won't work like this. The levy is due to expire at the end of this year. If it fails, our taxes will go down even more because the entire levy will be expired. If it passes, our taxes will just go down slightly.

The way they word this levy is tricky stating that it is a reduction in taxes which it really isn't since it expires at the end of this year. They word it the way they do so that they can get voters to vote in favor of it by calling it a reduction in taxes. I had to do some digging around to find this information. On every website, they never state that the current levy is due to expire. They don't want us to know that.

I got this from another website stating that if it passes, our taxes will go up:

"The new levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $145 per year, an increase of $28 per year."
Need real solutions wrote:
Here is what I understand, I am open to correction;
The levy is a "replacement" levy for one that is already in place. It is lower than the current levy meaning the cost to the homeowner would actually be less.
The levy provides ONE THIRD of the budget for Children Services.
In a review of my property tax summary the agency receives $190.97 a year. If I understand correctly, my tax would actually decrease if I vote for levy.
I am not here to be pro or con, just willing to be enlightened.
I also see the following;
MRDD $321.87
zoo $33.63
school $1, 726.65
Vocational school $105.66

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