District to seek income tax, property...

District to seek income tax, property tax Nov. 8

There are 13 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 10, 2011, titled District to seek income tax, property tax Nov. 8. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

Voters in the Westerville City School District will be asked to approve both an income tax and a property tax on the Nov.

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Jeff

Westerville, OH

#1 Aug 10, 2011
No new taxes. I haven't gotten a raise in 4 years, in fact I have taken major losses. I dealt with it the schools need to also. What is their total budget annually? Just wondering what the percentage of cuts is that the Teachers Union volunteered.
Cmon man

Naperville, IL

#2 Aug 10, 2011
"The concessions include the reduction of salary increases agreed upon during negotiations last year. Instead of the previously approved 1.75-percent salary increase for the 2011-2012 school year, teachers will receive a 0.875-percent increase."

"Teachers eligible for step increases based on their years of service in the district agreed to decrease the amount of those raises by half."

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/west ...

Tthey still get raises and this "concession" is only for 2011-2012 (one year). What concessions? Taking less of a raise? You gotta be kidding right?

Oh yea, it's for the kids.
born and raised here

Naperville, IL

#3 Aug 10, 2011
Wow, I thought they took cuts. Well, we just can't afford another hit of 100/month in new taxes. If it was one tax or the other it might not be quite so bad. Student fees seem to have jumped up quite a bit this year for elementary which strikes me as odd because they have to also bring in a lot of stuff at the beginning of the year and throughout. The basic fees plus add ons like forced subscription to Time for Kids, workbooks, planners and anonymous "class fees" end up about 60 for each kid when it used to be more 35/40 range for us. Meanwhile we are paying more for our mortgage for the CIP levy from last year!
Jaded cynic

Grove City, OH

#4 Aug 10, 2011
What happened to the 38 other replies that were on here this morning???

The teachers and staff gave back nothing. They simply deferred any raise until next year and if the levy passes they will renegotiate their contract. In the meantime they will still receive any step increases.

Also this levy has no end date. Its an open ended levy and will go on forever.

Please come to school board mtgs and other meetings that are offered to let the board know how serious the citizens are about NO MORE TAXES!!
Jaded cynic

Grove City, OH

#5 Aug 10, 2011
Also because they are publicly funded schools they must give you copies of the budget upon request. They reluctantly like to do so but its YOUR money that pays their salaries and all the other things needed to run the schools. You are entitled to know where the money goes.
New to Westerville

Westerville, OH

#6 Aug 10, 2011
I can't believe another tax levy. I am new to the area, but have heard that there's been a levy on the ballot every other year or so. when is it going to be enough? Taxes here in Westerville are the 3rd highest in Franklin County.
I haven't gotten a raise and everything is going up. It's time to say no.
I usually support School levies, but enough is enough. I still support schools & teachers just not through another levy. Parents already pay for so much in fees, taxes, etc.
I'd really like to see the district to give up a little more and sacrifice like the rest of the community in this tough economy. Alot of people had no choice to not be getting a raise. Private companies are cutting back. Also, just look at how the stock market is plunging.
NO MO MONEY

Marengo, OH

#7 Aug 11, 2011
Sorry, just can't afford this. My vote will be NO. and if this levy request fails and it is relisted in May, my vote will still be NO. There is no more money left.
Sorry, cut the salaries of the over paid administrators, reduce the administrative staff, and dump win win at the next opportunity.
Bob

Ottobeuren, Germany

#8 Aug 14, 2011
I will vote Yes! I think it keeps some of the riff raff out of Westerville, though it appears we can't do much about the southern part of the district.
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#9 Aug 15, 2011
Bob wrote:
I will vote Yes! I think it keeps some of the riff raff out of Westerville, though it appears we can't do much about the southern part of the district.
I thought we had enough of this crap with the walmart. Again the racist and elitist attitude is alive and well in Westerville. When's your next klan ralley?
NoWalmartForWest erville

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 16, 2011
Cmon man wrote:
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I thought we had enough of this crap with the walmart. Again the racist and elitist attitude is alive and well in Westerville. When's your next klan ralley?
As much as I hate to agree with you..I do...See I'm not such an elitist...We agree..lol...
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#11 Aug 18, 2011
http://thisweeknews.com/live/content/gahanna/...

Well looky here... Excellent with Distinction. Gahanna did it with only ONE high school and much lower taxes.
Bob

Saarbr├╝cken, Germany

#12 Aug 26, 2011
Cmon man wrote:
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I thought we had enough of this crap with the walmart. Again the racist and elitist attitude is alive and well in Westerville. When's your next klan ralley?
You are living in a fantasyland, Cmon man. Anytime someone moves up the economic ladder, they move to a better area. I did not even mention race, but you immediately jumped to the racist comment. Oh, and even better with the Klan rally comment! Yes, we see so many of them running around today. I love how it has been programmed into society to claim racism when you don't have an actual argument. Now really, if you want to go there, why don't people with money, whether black or white, live in the poor, crime ridden inner city neighborhoods? It is because they have the money to live in a better neighborhood with better schools, a better quality of life and lower crime. You can call it racist and elitist, but most people want a safe, nice neighborhood to live in. Enjoy your continued fairytale.

Since: Jul 10

Lewis Center, OH

#13 Aug 26, 2011
Both income and property tax are needed to support the teachers union. You better vote yes or the union will punish you AND your children. Your money belongs to the union. Your house belongs to the union. Hand it over NOW!

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