When a school district places a levy on the ballot, the only cost described is the cost of that particular levy. There is no mention about the funds schools already collect in property taxes each year, solely for their school district.
The Woodridge Local School District has a levy on the March 6 ballot. This levy asks taxpayers to approve a 6.63-mill levy, to provide additional money for the district. There is no mention of the 40.27 mills that it collects currently.
An example of revenue the Woodridge school district collects (and you pay) in tax dollars each year: Based on a home with an appraised value of $150,000, current collections through property taxes are $1,848 annually, or $154 a month. That amounts to about 60 percent of what we pay in total property taxes.
Issue 10 would add $314 per year to your tax bill, a 17 percent increase. Passage of the levy would increase your school district tax to a total of $2,162 a year, a total of $180 a month for a home valued at $150,000.
You can check your specific annual taxation costs on the Summit County website. Enter your property parcel number or your address to view your tax bill. There is a link titled, “Where do my tax dollars go?” Click on that, and you can scroll down to a pie chart. There you will see the reality of what you pay for the Woodridge school district.
If you rent, you are not off the hook. Your landlord passes on all of the related expenses for your dwelling (including property taxes) in the form of rent.
Elderly taxpayers in the district also should be considered. Most of them have lived here for decades. Some may be on fixed incomes and find themselves with impossible financial choices. They are our neighbors and our friends. As a community, we should consider the impact of our decisions on the community as a whole.
Woodridge officials have been quoted as saying that it is just a matter of time until they can get this levy passed. It may be that Woodridge school officials are out of touch with the current economic situation and other variables in our area.
An informed voter helps make our society better, and, to be fair, so do good schools. This is an important election. Research all of the candidates and issues, and be sure to cast your vote on March 6.
Crossing an ?ethical line
Regarding the Feb. 19 article “Judge accuses officer of fabricating story” : Judges and lawyers socialize, perhaps even under the influence of alcohol. By the nature of the case, this constitutes a dual relationship, prohibited by the codes of ethics for many professionals and by the Ohio Administrative Code for many state-licensed professionals.
I do not have time to read the lengthy code of ethics for attorneys and judges posted online by the Ohio Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel. I would hope that even a moron could figure out that a bright line should be drawn between judges and everyone else with respect to socializing that could lead to ex parte communications as well as other sorts of misconduct, including the conduct alleged between a sitting Akron Municipal Court judge and a public defender assigned to the judge’s courtroom.
If the conduct as reported by the officer does not rise to the level of a serious ethical breach by both judge and attorney, warranting significant discipline of both parties if substantiated by an investigation by the disciplinary counsel, then this nonlawyer does not know what constitutes a sanctionable offense.
Selective outrage ?on birth control
I am sympathetic with those who believe that instead of artificial birth control, women and men should practice abstinence for foolproof, natural birth control.
However, in today’s world, things are not that black and white. What about married people who work jobs where shifts don’t coincide with a woman’s safe time of month? Then, such recommended Catholic practices such as natural family planning don’t work.
What about a spouse married to a long-distance truck driver? Should this couple live a celibate life? That is certainly not going to — nor should it — happen. Even the Catholic Church says sex is good for a marriage.
No matter where Catholics work, if we have group health insurance, we are most likely supporting practices we may not personally want to support. If we pay taxes, we support many things which violate our conscience. Tax money supports the death penalty. Where is the bishops’ outrage?
I’ve not heard anyone say we should quit our jobs in order to no longer pay taxes. Nor have I heard an outcry that all of us in a group health plan should opt out because our coverage (for which we pay premiums) includes abortion and birth control.
The Catholic Church has a bottom line: Follow your conscience. No one forces anyone to have an abortion or practice artificial birth control. Yes, providing women with full health coverage would allow for the potential of birth control and abortion. But other parts of group health care allow vasectomies. Where has the bishops’ outcry been over insurance covering that?
Finally, there are other reasons for women to be on birth-control pills. Perhaps the bishops should do a line-by-line review of all health insurance Catholic employers offer and demand changes when they decide on their morality.
I do understand the bishops’ desire not to fund abortions or birth control. It is not a comfortable place for them to be. But women without full health coverage, having their reproductive health-care choices decided by celibate old men, is not a comfortable place, either.
It would seem that the greater good would be to offer full health-care coverage to keep employees and their families healthy so that they can live healthy lives in service of others.
Support the ?Chippewa schools
The Chippewa school district has an income tax renewal on the ballot March 6. This renewal is for 1 percent of earned income only and will run for five years.
This renewal would provide $1.6 million to the annual school budget to provide for the general operation of the schools. We must pass this renewal to continue the excellent school program the children of this community enjoy. Please pass the Chippewa school issue.
Bring defibrillators ?to all schools
In October 2000, we lost our son, Josh Miller, during a football game at Barberton High School. He died of cardiac arrest. He might have lived if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) had been available for the staff to use to try to save his life.
Dr. Terry Gordon has worked tirelessly to place AEDs in most schools in Ohio. From that effort, over 15 lives have been saved. He is now working to assure the same thing for the whole country.
U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown have introduced the Josh Miller Heart Act, which would provide AEDs for every school in our country. It has passed the House twice. Sadly, it has never made it through the Senate.
The same people who are blocking this important bill are happy that the halls of Congress are lined with AEDs. They must feel that their own lives are worth it, but our children’s aren’t. Since Sutton first introduced the Josh Miller Heart Act, 206 students have died of cardiac arrest in U.S. schools because no AED was available. Thank you, Terry Gordon, Betty Sutton and Sherrod Brown.
Ken and Jerri Miller
A student voice ?for the Field levy
I am a student at Field Middle School. There isn’t much I can do as a 12-year-old seventh-grader, but I want to play my part to support my school district. I know many of you don’t want the levy to pass, but lots of people don’t know how serious the situation at Field Local Schools is.
Not voting for the levy would hurt us and future students. If the levy doesn’t pass this March, then all middle school sports may be cut, along with high school freshman sports.
I’m a cross-country runner, and I won’t be able to run next year if the levy doesn’t pass. I love running and really don’t want to have to give it up because people choose to vote the levy down. People should support the schools for the good of their own children. Kids need to have a good education to get somewhere in life, and if everything is cut from our district, it will be hard to give them the education they need.
There are great teachers here in our community who work hard for the good of the children. They don’t just teach the kids, they get to know them and their personalities. They work hard for the good of the kids.
We are a great district, and we shouldn’t ruin that. If you care about the future of our community, then vote for the levy because we, the children, are the future.