Hilliard schools to make cuts in wake of levy loss | The Columbus Dispatch

Steve Bennett, 50, of Hilliard, speaks to the Hilliard Board of Education; listening at left is member Andy Teater. Full Story
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Just Saying

Dublin, OH

#41 May 10, 2011
Get Real wrote:
Dublin, you are next with cuts!!!!
Dublin has put the kabosh on certain projects for now so as not to overspend.
Downhill from here

Columbus, OH

#42 May 10, 2011
Average Guy wrote:
Have a friend moving to Columbus, told him to stay out of Hilliard as the levy is going to fail. Sorry to see that I was right. Problem with Hilliard (and the other suburbs) is that with 3 high schools, middles schools etc... there is just no sense of community anymore so voters are not as inclinded to support the schools and other services.
Hilliardís problem is the same as Pickeringtonís and Olentangyís. You rapidly grow a district with a ton of starter homes and/or apartments that attract young families with children. Well, it costs $8,000 or so per student per year to educate them, and mom and dadís property taxes arenít going to cover that. In cities with limited or no growth, you have a much better spread of families with children and empty-nesters/retirees.

We looked at Hilliard when we were moving 10 years ago, but decided against it for this very reason. Whatís happening now was very predictable and will only get worse over the next decade.
Daily Customer

Columbus, OH

#43 May 10, 2011
Downhill from here wrote:
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Hilliardís problem is the same as Pickeringtonís and Olentangyís. You rapidly grow a district with a ton of starter homes and/or apartments that attract young families with children. Well, it costs $8,000 or so per student per year to educate them, and mom and dadís property taxes arenít going to cover that. In cities with limited or no growth, you have a much better spread of families with children and empty-nesters/retirees.
We looked at Hilliard when we were moving 10 years ago, but decided against it for this very reason. Whatís happening now was very predictable and will only get worse over the next decade.
Which is why we all need the City government to step up to the plate and start balancing residential with commercial development. Given the economy, that is going to be slow growing, but not many new houses being built these days either. They didn't pay attention to their schools in the past - make them do it NOW!
And Hilliard can't be compared to those other two - our student growth has started to taper off. Olentangy, for one, is still growing rapidly and they really needed their latest levy, which did pass. The voters seem to be getting a bit smarter?
Glenn Beck Sock Puppet

Columbus, OH

#44 May 10, 2011
Toby wrote:
Give them 16.7 million a year or they lose 51 jobs? How much were those people making.... That's ridiculous. Let's assume each of those 51 people make, on average,$50,000 a year. That would add up to 2.55 million in salaries for them... leaving 14 million dollars from the levy. Out of that, they want to save sports, gifted classes and field trips. Let's say that costs another $250,000. Hilliard would still have over 13.5 million dollars "extra" from it's levy. Which I'm sure would be wasted.
This is the problem, the numbers just don't add up. What Hilliard should have done is present a levy request that explains exactly what it takes to save the 51 jobs and the programs that are being cut.... not a levy that will make them rich. I for one didn't vote to increase my property taxes to cover 16.7 million, but may have voted to increase it 4 million if I knew exactly what was going to happen with my money.
Oh well. If the school and teachers are so upset about losing the programs, they should each give back 1000 dollars of their salary a year. That would cover it. The irony is, they want the public to pay while they don't sacrifice a thing.
This is to replace as $12m levy that is going off the books. So actually, they are netting only $4m.

Since: Nov 10

Columbus, OH

#45 May 10, 2011
Glenn Beck Sock Puppet wrote:
This is to replace as $12m levy that is going off the books. So actually, they are netting only $4m.
Not at all true. All of the operating levies currently in force for Hilliard Schools are PERMANENT operating levies, meaning they will last forever. The 6.9 mill levy would have raised an additional $16 million/yr or thereabouts depending on the revaluation in progress by the Franklin County Auditor.

If you want to confirm this, just look up your property on the Auditor's website...

http://www.franklincountyauditor.com/

... and click the link for "Levy Distribution"
Daily Customer

Columbus, OH

#46 May 11, 2011
Glenn Beck Sock Puppet wrote:
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This is to replace as $12m levy that is going off the books. So actually, they are netting only $4m.
Amazing how wrong some folks can get their facts when it comes to school issues!
ups man

Hilliard, OH

#47 Aug 31, 2011
i live on a fixed income just like most people and if this levy passes a lot of people will have a tough time making ends meet.. then 3 years later they will ask for another levy to pass. when will it end....

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