Willard schools asking voters to renew levy in May

5.4 mill levy has been on the books for the past 10 years.
Aaron Krause
Mar 2, 2014

 

School officials will ask district residents in May to renew a 5-year, 1.2 million emergency operating levy.

The 5.4 mill levy, which has been on the books for the past 10 years, doesn't ask for any new money. District residents who own a $100,000 home pay $165.38 a year, Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said.

"This levy is used to fund many different educational options and activities throughout the district," school officials said in a press release. "It is currently being used to fund all aides not required by law (mainly at Central Elementary), our performing arts program, art and language programs, agricultural education, family consumer science, athletics, high school business and smaller class sizes at the elementary level. The passage of this levy is crucial to our district to continue to be able to offer all of these programs."

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Comments

BIGMOE

They had a chance to rollover the bus drivers contract and save money but they told them no. They want to do away with their seniority. Union griever looking out for number one!!!!! Just like always the lowest paid employee's getting screwed over. Cut the fat from the top down

believe it

I will be voting YES

votelibertarian

the city and schools waste too much already so I will be voting no. It wasn't wise to build a new school with a shrinking population and tax base to begin with but Willard just had to keep up with the Jones's

believe it

It was very wise to build the new school when the money wouldn't be there anymore to help with it. So basically you were ok with every school in the area having a new building except Willard? Those that wait get left in the dust.

Hereswhatithink

Drop out rate increasing...homeschooling increasing...enrolling in other districts increasing...yep needed new school and more money. Understandable.

former local

Keep in mind, those that home school kids with special needs, rely on the school district to provide many services. I don't have a problem of you home school, but then YOU should be doing everything the evil public schools HAVE to do!

Foodforthought

Vote NO, they have wasted more money then you could ever think. This new school has been a joke. The blind leading the blind. The sports fields are a laughing stock. There is so much I could post but I dont have time. Vote NO!

former local

So your priority in education is nicer sports fields???? And people wonder what is wrong with education in this country.

smalltown

If you want to support a totally incompetent school administration, board of education and treasurer then by all means vote yes. If you're hoping to make changes and make a difference then please vote NO.

believe it

Apparently people want the district to have to cut programs and activities at Willard and make the parents have to pay extraordinary amounts to play sports. I know I don't. And it's not new money, you've been paying it already anyway. And I bet all of you could do better, couldn't you? Everyone always thinks they can do someone else's job better.

votelibertarian

They get a levy passed during midterm elections when voter turnout is at its lowest then say later 'its not a new tax' or 'hey you already been paying it what's the big deal'? I am also tired of people complaining about sports. Educate the kids and they can play ball with their friends after school. Education is much more important.

Foodforthought

First, threats about cuts dont work. If the board cant budget, we will vote people in who can. Second, the levy last time for the new school and fields only passed as they got it by in a primary after it was voted down 2x before that. If they could make good decisions then maybe, oh wait, no I will still vote no.

believe it

I'm sure you could do better, Foodforthought. I'm sure you know how to perfectly do a budget for a whole school district, right? Just vote someone new in and they would have to do the same things. It's happening all over Ohio, all schools are struggling.

votelibertarian

its not he/she's job to do a better job budgeting. We should expect the people we pay to do a outstanding job for us.

really123

In 2012 a school income tax was voted on and passed for 3/4% of earned income for people residing in the school district. This tax is for operational expenses. Everyone with a taxable income pays this tax. In may vote NO for the renewal of the 10 year tax levy. We are already paying too much. I do not think the school income tax will go away. Do not let them sneak this levy in on us!

believe it

Sneak it? You're already paying it, lol

believe it

Vote Yes.

arnmcrmn

Just be thankful that Willard isn't ask for any new money like so many other districts around this area have been recently. This money is no different than renewing a library operations levy etc. This is a renewal, not a new levy and some people really have a hard time differentiating the two.

Now on the other hand of Willard building one centralized building, can anyone throw out some facts instead of their opinion? Facts are this project was nearly 70% paid for by the state. Facts are Willard is to small to continue to pay upkeep, utilities and maintenance, property tax and busing to 6 (now 5 within the last few years) out of date buildings. Facts are the state tobacco settlement money cannot be used to update existing buildings if these buildings do not meet the requirements. New Haven, Richmond, and Greenfield buildings do not meet these requirements. Facts are, the outlying classroom sizes have shrank drastically over the years. Facts are, long term building a new building that houses everyone will be cost EFFECTIVE long term.

really123

Yes, it is a renewal. But it will still cost us money. We started to pay the school income tax last year. Which for many is well beyond the levy amount. The levy was for a 10year period. The 10 year period will be over. Why re-instate just because we have been paying it for all these years? I would think that the income tax on our income compensates far and above the levy.

believe it

You renew it to help with all those programs listed in the article and to keep parents from having to pay huge amounts for their kids to play sports. Everyone says to just budget better...I'm sure it's just that easy. I've done budgeting before, it's not easy, especially when money is tight.

former local

Why do I keep seeing sports brought up so prominently? Oh yeah, that's what school is for, right?

believe it

Because sports are a huge part of school for a lot kids and teaches them a lot that you can't learn in the classroom. So just shut up.

really123

The administration uses the scare tactic. I do not think that renewing this levy. Why should homeowners alway pick up the tab? The money that the school income tax has generated should be more than enough to cover such expenses. It is time that they stay within the budget. Some items may be cut......I rather doubt it.

believe it

"It is time that they stay within the budget"...Again, its so easy to just say that. But until you have actually done it(which I doubt you have) then you shouldn't be acting like you know. The school has done a RIF already and done other cuts, it's obvious they would do it again.

really123

Every one who has a job and a home should have a budget. And yes, I do stay within my budget. If I want to purchase a large ticket item, I save the money or reduce maybe part of my "Budget". That is one of the problems not only with the school systems, but with government in general. We want more.....just tax the taxpayers and get it....no wonder this country is in this situation; as are the schools. For every $1000 you make, you are giving $75 to the school system if you live or work in this system.

believe it

I'm not talking about budgeting your house or personal life. I'm talking about budgeting for a large business or a whole school district. There's quite a huge difference.

Dr. Information

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Don't do what my hometown is doing (Norwalk). Willard has the industry and you people have to realize the good things you have. Its a renewal, and you should vote yes.

really123

by the way in my post I just looked and saw a zero was missing should have been for every 10000.

Willard_man

I don't think it's right that we are taxed on both our incomes and our property. I think we pay enough in through the tax on our incomes. I will be voting no for the renewal. The money that I save for not renewing this levy will help me with the cost of Obamacare when I lose my employer paid health insurance.

really123

well said, Willard_man....I feel the same