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State made the bed;

Elida stuck with mess

Facts: A 1785 land Ordinance assigned townships to reserve land for schools and the General Assembly signed the constitution that the state will tax the public. It was stated a few weeks back that property taxes were illegal. Four times the Ohio Supreme court ruled against the State of Ohio, ( DeRolph v OH in 1991), stating that using property taxes is not illegal, but relying on them too much is.

In 2009 Gov. Strickland made an attempt to reduce the usage of property taxes by 13 mills. Gov. Kasich dropped that plan. In the following 18 months the burden of funding schools was turned back to the locals, asking for over $1.1 billion in levy money throughout the state, replacing what Gov. Kasichís plan took.

As stated previously, Elida has trimmed the budget. Reporting in a current OEA magazine, Elida Board member and OEA member Brian Anders states that if we donít support and pass this levy, the board will have to find $500,000 in new cuts.

Now vouchers:

Elida sent $664,275 to charter schools last year whose students performed worse than Elida. For every student enrolled in Elida, the state supports us with $2,760, but gives charter schools $5,700 to educate their students. However, if any student leaves and travels to a charter school our treasurer loses $5,700 which is more than we received from the state. Every student at Elida lost 5.4% of their state issued revenue to the charter schools.

If you want to point a finger at anyone, donít point at the schools. Find another direction and let your voice be heard.

Please vote yes on both issues.

ó Darrell Bryan, Elida

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