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Why I cannot vote for Elida school levy



As we approach another day at the ballot box, registered voters are once again being asked, via property taxes to fund a school levy. I must echo the comments from Bruce Diller that the current funding method for schools was declared illegal many years ago, but the process continues. One cannot blame the school districts for taking the only apparent avenue open to them.



As a property owner, however, I resent the fact that due to our drive and ambition to better ourselves we accumulated property and are continually being punished for that fact. As a property owner the only recourse that I have available to me to protest the constant increase in taxes is to vote “no” on any levy that does not directly effect my well being and my cash flow.



It has been noted that Elida operates with one of lowest cost per student ratios around, but does that show it as low as it can be or are just the other schools overpaying as well. It has been noted that many teachers have not received pay raises, but no numbers are forthcoming on what they are being paid, so how can anyone make a comparison or educated judgment on their pay scale or need for an increase.



I have myself received one pay increase in the last three years and that was wiped out this year by the 2 percent increase in Social Security taxes. My heating costs, my electric bill, gasoline to drive to work, groceries and just about anything you can name has almost doubled in cost over the last ten years, except my income which has not increased anywhere accordingly to my expenses. I do not have the answer to the problem, but I do know that I personally cannot afford any tax increases.



— Dave Gudakunst, Elida



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