Willard voters could see additional school levy on May ballot

1.5-mill, five-year levy would bring in about $275,000 to $280,000 a year.
Aaron Krause
Jan 10, 2013

For the first time since the 1970s, Willard City Schools does not have a permanent improvement levy.

That's because voters in November declined to renew the levy, with about 56 percent voting against it and 44 percent voting to renew the levy.

As a result, in May, voters might be asked to approve an additional levy to raise money for purchasing supplies and maintenance contracts for the upcoming building.

School board members will vote at their next meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 on whether to place the levy on the ballot.

If approved, the 1.5-mill, five-year levy would bring in about $275,000 to $280,000 a year, superintendent Jeff Ritz said. He added the money raised cannot be used for salaries. If voters approve the levy, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $45.93, according to the Huron County auditor's office.

A story about this subject was published in the Reflector.

Comments

OneWhoReallyCares

I hate to say it but I look at this picture and have to ask why such a grim look. If you are asking the citizens of this city to pitch in and give even more, even after a 2% payroll tax that hit all the working people, why the look. The issue here is head count, it's down and that means less funding for our schools and the only way to fix that is to try and pull in tax payer money, at least that is always their solution. I think the attitudes need to be checked at the door and the school system needs to hire a firm to come in and look at waste...I understand the need for $$$ for supplies but fact of the matter is when I have 3 children and their "school supply" list we pick up at the local DDM has $50 worth of supplies for each grade I shake my head. Time to get the head out of the sand, knock off the attitude in the pic and try and get some additional people to move to this city. Clean it up and bring in something that draws people, we gave you a new school by passing the levy now hold up your end of the bargain and audit your spending.

ole45mag

Schools...Monroeville wants the same thing. Look at the past news article about them
“”Monroeville schools ready to offer tax relief
Scott Seitz
Jul 26, 2010MONROEVILLE - Keeping it positive. This theme was consistent throughout the Monroeville school board meeting Monday night.
Giving back. This idea also was stressed.
So how do these two things apply to the earned income tax issue district voters will see on the Nov. 3 ballot? Upon passage of the issue, the plan is to let two of the three emergency levies fall off when they expire and let a third operating levy fall off””

SOOOO, we passed this income tax so that We who work would pay for the kids to go to school, and not the elderly. We worked to pass this tax increase, and now have needed money coming out of our pay, and wham, he resorts to dishonesty. Already, one tax for a new roof, cafeteria, this and that…an elevator…has been passed. Now tax renewal. What is it with these people and the ones who vote for these things? Thye take one away in response to our vote for the income tax, and then they put one back in. They won’t quit until they have all the property taxes they say they took away are taken back, with still the income tax I FELL FOR in there as an added benefit. They reneged. Now that WE know how dishonest they are, I say we RECALL THE INCOME TAX. Is that possible? WE voted it in, and have the proof in this paper of the deal they appeared to follow, UNTIL NOW. They are breaking the deal with me, and I’m going after them neighbor by neighbor, house by house, to renters, to owners, to farmers. I know it’s only a renewal…won’t cost us more since we are already paying it. JUST A RENEWAL! Look people, they stink. They are screwing us in little subtle ways that some can’t see. By the time we get all three levy’s removed through the “promise” they made, they’ll be even more money out of all pockets plus the income tax. If they change their mind about this levy, I’m their enemy. I WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN!!!
Will you in your school districts?

hit the road jack

I think the flouride level is too high in monroeville and its going to their heads. You know the school is failing when the alumni cannot figure this out,I have property in the district and man I'd just love to sell it but who wants it with the taxes like they are.

ole45mag

Waste. Baseball practice twice a week at 5:45 a.m.
Football already. Dance squad in cafeteria at all hours when the only dancers there should be at that time should be the strippers. Punk kids telling other kids with families who love and want them at home occasionally that they may not start in games if they are not at the illegal practices. Then the season starts and wham, 1 win and 8 losses, 2 wins 7 losses. Pathetic tax dollar waste with no rewards for parents in games or scholarshipschances (except volleyball, but that coach teaches and lives elsewhere). Unless you used to wrestle or are the occassional sprinter (both semi non team sports), no one in Monroeville will be noticed. Raise taxes for what? They should start a yearly pay to play deal and charge $400 a kid for the year of sports. Then the parents may care about the losing coaching system where a coach tells a kid they may not play because they weren't at the summer basketball practices, or "what happens here at practice, stays at practice. Any kids that whines to mommy will be doing ???? workouts". Charge $400 and quit the babysitting of these kids who just need a social event to belong to. Thne the parent who pays will demand quality. It isn't the flouride going to their heads, it's only air.
Socialist trainees.

hit the road jack

It would have been cheaper for tthem to build a new school like they wanted to 6-7 yrs. ago than to pay for all this crap because you know this will not be good enough in 2 yrs. and they'll want another levy,then the teachers will want an increase so another levy. this country has already went down the $hitter,just most people refuse to believe or own up to it.

Lillie Chaos

Excellent point. Willard got the money they "needed" to pay for new school..as soon as voters gave it to them Willard administration started cutting the function jobs!!! Enrollment is down? How can you terminate people if enrollment down? Won't affect social security....real estate taxes went UP.....those in power better take a look at that record. A May levy gives them a better chance because not as many vote----I hope more vote this year!

matt882

I will need a cash flow projection in order or make an informed decision in May. If there is no cash flow presented....my vote will have to be no. I need confidence that there is a plan and that things are being run wisely before I throw more money at it.

believe it

If people would have voted yes for the levy back in November we wouldn't have to be voting for this again. Everyone complains about the school and the people there but have you ever noticed Willard always ranks at the top for this area in testing? They must be doing pretty damn good considering all the idiots they have to put up with.

DickChaney

Just from your comment, I would bet the ranch (Just a saing I don't have a ranch ) that you or some one in the family is a teacher or school employee. I love that you are so into passing the levy but think my children are idi
ots!!

Lillie Chaos

Good Point!

believe it

Nope, no one in my family is a teacher, I'm just a supporter of the schools and get tired of hearing all the negative comments. People always complain but then when it comes to passing a levy to help, they vote no. And yes, there are idiots in the school system, as in kids that just don't care, always in trouble, don't do homework, etc. Which is why it's so impressive how well Willard does in testing considering everything they have to put up with.

onlyinamerica

What a joke! Waste money to build an unneccessary new school with dwindling enrollment. Layoffs of staff and personnel. Now the crying starts for more money. Predicted this 2 years ago!

Lillie Chaos

Am glad others see this.......does this start with school board or Superintendent? I want to vote in a more competent manner. Shut down
some buildings if enrollment is low not manipulate voters.

DickChaney

If the kids are idiots why not just throw them under the bus. Then we won't need more money. There are 3 times more chiefs and about the same amount of indians. Whats wrong with this picture?

DickChaney

onlyinamerica, I live in a very nice house but guess what? It was built in 1875. What year was the Middle School built? Who in this city would tear down their home if it was built the same year as the Middle School?

onlyinamerica

You are right, about one of the stupidest thing someone would do. Especially with dwindling enrollment. Priorities are wrong!

believe it

Priorities are wrong? They are building a new school so the children can keep getting a good education and stay up with advancing technology. They are investing in the town, with the help of 60% from the state. And the dwindling enrollment comment....they are putting all the kids in one building instead of having 5 or 6 different buildings, I'd say they are doing the right thing. I think your priorities are wrong if you don't want to invest in the town.

Willard_man

I seen this crying and screaming for more money coming sooner or later when the levy for the new schools was passed. I didn't know it would be this soon. We all have to cut our household budgets in order to pay for the new schools. Shouldn't the schools have to make cuts to their budgets in order to run the schools. It can be done. The school officials are just spoiled brats.

The building doesn't educate the children. The teachers educate the children. I don't see how these new schools will make the children learn any better than the old schools. The school officials will be wanting a new building when all the novelty wears off the new buildings or when one of the towns adds something to their new buildings.

believe it

Yeah, you're right, after the novelty of the new school wears off the school officials will be asking to build a new building. What a dumbas* comment. The new building will help the kids learn with all the new technology they will be able to support and new methods of teaching that will be able to be incorporated. Go to Galion, New Washington, Norwalk, Seneca East and see what those new schools are like. The school system is what makes a town and this new school is going to be a great part of Willard and trying to make this town a better place to live.

Willard_man

When I go to those communities that you listed all I see are empty store fronts, houses that has been put up for sale because the owner cannot afford it or the banks have foreclosed on them and empty buildings that was once used for factories that supplied jobs for people. So, tell me, how are their brand spanking new schools helping the community? Maybe it's helping the cosmetic makeup of the community. You know it looks good sitting there so it must be helping.

believe it

You have to keep up on this type of stuff or you just fall too far behind. The 60% being paid for by the state was a one time thing too so you had to take advantage of it.

onlyinamerica

Yeah and where does the state get their money? IE the taxpaying working citizen. That is just like being double taxed for the same thing, another joke!

Lillie Chaos

People in Willard can't afford more taxes. Should we move? As soon as they get the new building we will have to pay more taxes to keep running.
Vicious manipulative history of semi-truths.

believe it

No, with only one building to operate the costs should be less than having about 5 or 6 buildings to operate. Everyone just assumes there will be money needed to run the building, I don't understand where that thought comes from? All just assumption.

DickChaney

Isn't the new school levy for 28 years?

believe it

So you want kids going to a school that was built in 1875? Apples to oranges.

believe it

So you want kids going to a school that was built in 1875? Apples to oranges.

DickChaney

I didn't say that. I said no one would tear down a home build in the 60 -70's but schools yes! My home built in 1875 and will be here anothe 100 years.
When was your home built believe it? And who paid for it?

believe it

Don't know why it's your business but mine was built in 1969 and I'm paying for it. And I'm confused by your comments, are you for or against the new school?

DickChaney

Not that its any of your business what I'm for ( wow I'm just as rude as you ) You want me to give the school more money even after getting a 28 year levy. Your house was built close to the time the Middle School was. Tear it down then ask me for money to build another. As you say the kids are idiots so why invest in a losing adventure? ( don't say I said that you did ) What grade did you say u taught?

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