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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

School Levies

The South-Western School District in central Ohio received another blow yesterday when voters failed to approve a levy for the second time in 3 months. The 9.7 mill levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 about 300 bucks per year. It failed by a count of 11,503 to 10,782.

The decision guarantees that more than 165 employees will lose their jobs and extracurricular activities will be cut in the 2005-06 school year. The district is "not about pay-to-play" acording to Board President Greg McCarty (quote pulled from article in the Columbus Dispatch). This issue was decided by a mere 30% of the electorate.

From what I saw on TV last night, the levy in the city of London passed, while just about all of the others failed, whether they were an actual levy or some type of income tax. On a personal note, I can sympathize with people for feeling that they are taxed enough already, but when you shoot yourself in the foot like they did in South-Western, property values can't help but go down as parents look for private alternatives or move out of the district to more forward-looking school systems. What family with kids is going to want to move into that District? Can't think of too many.



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