How do you plan to vote on Norwalk's school levy?

Norwalk City Schools is asking voters to approve an emergency operating levy in next month's general election. How do you plan to vote?

For it
31% (31 votes)
Against it
60% (60 votes)
Can't or won't vote on this issue
9% (9 votes)
Total votes: 100

Comments

FlowerMom

Like the federal government, there is not a problem of too little taxes but too much spending. It has to stop somewhere.

jack langhals

I wonder what alternative plan to pay for our schools would be acceptable.How much sales tax on consumer goods would it take to support them?It is probably another case of the politicians are afraid of losing their jobs because what ever they suggest it will pxss some other group off.The Senate had no problems pxssing every one off by continuing aid to our enemies in the middle east after they killed our Embassy Staff.By the way, the vote was 81 in favor so that means it was supported by both parties.There you go Joe,you may not print my letters but I got it in anyways.

VerbalKint

No way will I ever vote yes if they continue with top-heavy, overpaid, redundant administrative positions. Their union is a big turnoff as well.

Alan Furey

Please don't punish the schools because the federal government is wildly spending money.

Unlike the federal government, The Norwalk school district has drastically cut spending the past several years. Twenty-seven staff positions have been cut. The board has done almost everything it can, yet the state sends less money every year to operate the district. I don't think $14 a month (if you own a $100,000 home) is too much to ensure our schools continue to offer a quality education. It's been over 20 years since this district has asked for new operating funds. I think it's time to support their efforts and vote yes November 6!

hit the road jack

Yes, $14.00 a month this election,then $14.00 next election and $30.00 next election,you people just never give up do you? don't feel so bad when this gets voted down by a 60% margin, and I only say that because public employee's always vote each other raises.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

sb5.teachers voted to not give schools the money they needed so dont be mad at us for doing the same. this is how it will be now

fedup2

My family will have 4 No votes on November 6!!!!!

AnAmerican

20 years asking for new operating funds but almost annually asking for renewals....I like how you make it sound like you haven't always harrassed the taxpayer for more money. You people have some nerve once again hitting us up when many of us are unemployed and owe more on our homes than what they are worth.

Swamp Fox

Its called SB5, I already voted NO.....

Dr. Information

Dont read into the posts to much on here. Mainly negative people are the ones who post.

Contango

@ Dr. Information:

IMO, surrounding oneself with those who always agree with one's POV, leaves one intellectually deficient.

Contango

@ Alan Furey:

A $168.00 or more annual tax increase on a $100K home isn't "too much"?

Locally, housing has been and continues to be a depreciating asset. Increasing taxes on it doesn't make economic sense.

Also, there are many seniors, disabled and poor who live on fixed incomes and cannot simply afford such an increase either directly or indirectly (rent).

Collectively, that $168.00 privately spent, could potentially go into the local economy and help support area business, which would be a more direct ROI.

The best and brightest college and HS graduates continue to leave for opportunities elsewhere, further declining the tax base. This dynamic is not sustainable.

Guy on a Buffalo

1991 was the last time this town approved an operating levy for the schools, or something like that. I believe healthy, educationally-sound schools are a way to attract new business and opportunities to this town. Ask any Economic Development Director and he/she will agree with me.

AnAmerican

How many RENEWALS have there been since 1991 hum??? Give me a break.

genXer

@ guy on a buffalo - How do you feel about the school board using $2000 out of the general fund to pay for the high school newspaper ??? What's wrong with the students going around to find private sponsors or trying to apply a real world technique that utilizes some advertising ?

arnmcrmn

@genXer.....because students already do this. Have you checked out your local programs for each and every sport? Or how about the monthly calenders? How about the advertising at games on the walls, fences, radio...etc. I own s business and let me tell you our place gets hit up for hundreds, and yes I said hundreds of individual donations or sponsorships each and every year and most of them are school related.

genXer

@ arnmcrmn - I understand what you are saying, and I had no idea just how much you get hit up for money. The bottom line though, is that the high school can get along just fine without having a newspaper. It's just another example of a nonessential function that our tax dollars are paying for.

Dr. Information

I think we can all agree that when times are tough, programs like the schools "newspaper" can be put on the back burner. Business's around towns like Norwalk do a great job supporting local programs (school and non school related)and sometimes it can get costly over the years.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

senate bill 5 overturned made a forever no vote on levys..Good luck

AnAmerican

Indeed!

Contango

@ Guy on a Buffalo:

I don't 'totally' disagree with you.

But there are many other areas of the country and state that do a much better job of lining up academics with the needs of the business community.

Retail and FTMC are about all that’s left in Norwalk.

The decline of the local economy took decades to develop and “if possible” it'll take decades more to improve the situation.

The public sector is the major employer in Huron Co. IMO, not the sign of a healthy and growing economy.

Stein's Law: "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop,"

Guy on a Buffalo

Imagine what would happen if the district had to cut extracurricular activities, art and music programs, whatever. This district would die, and so would the city of Norwalk. You said it yourself, the largest employer is the public sector. We are a bedroom community with an awesome school district. It's time we start embracing that fact. We have great homes with low home prices and a fairly decent tax rate. Norwalk is a great town, and it's schools are a reflection of that.

If you keep researching things you'll see the cuts already made by the school district. 27 staff positions eliminated in the past three years. Union members making concessions and paying over $100 more per month for insurance, with retirement contributions rising over the next three years as well, putting them on par with Social Security contributions.

There's not much left that can be cut, other than sports, the arts, busing, and other things.

AnAmerican

How many of those 27 were retirement or part-time positions? Oh, and paying 100 bucks more per month is nothing, my insurance has gone up the same amount monthly while my taxes also pay for the balance of yours so cry me a river somewhere else. Several more "positions" can be cut in addition to pay to play and "other things".

keystone

It doesn't matter if they were retirement or part-time positions. The end result is still fewer positions and larger class size. If it was retirement, the board could have chosen to replace these teachers but instead chose to save the money by not replacing them thus saving the money.

Also, all public emplyees pay 10% of their income towards their retirement. This will increase to 14% over the next couple of years. This is almost double what the public sector pays into social security. Their retirement is funded by the employees NOT the public sector. I realize that the school board also is requred to contribute but several of the public sector's employers also contribute by matching what the employee puts into his/her 401K.

Contango

@ Guy on a Buffalo:

A "bed room community"? 'Not quite,' but fast approaching.

In a "bed room community," about the only tax revenue source are homeowners. Most Norwalkians are in the process of deleveraging, paying down debt and counting every penny.

Most actual "bed room communities" I've seen ever witnessed were resided in by wealthy people. See: Kildeer, IL. Norwalk ain't that.

Q: Where does the revenue to fund the public sector originate?

A: The private sector. How's the unemployment rate?

The levy literature says that reduced income and property tax revenue in addition to increased operating costs are to blame in part for the shortfall.

As is said: Ya can't get blood out of a turnip and 'Wanting ain't getting.'

genXer

@ guy on a buffalo - please tell all of us exactly how our district would have died if the school board would have refused to transfer $5,200 from the general fund to the bowling club ??? That's just 1 of many examples of how wrong you are. The information came right out of the school board's notes from their September 11th meeting. I encourage others to go to the school's website and learn the facts for themselves before deciding how to vote.

hit the road jack

I don't know where you think we have such great homes and decent tax rate,mine went up this time and didn't do any improvements. the only thing I hate more than paying taxes is listening to someone preach to me I need to pay more!

dearme

Let's build a new school and don't have the money to run it.

Guy on a Buffalo

Wrong story - this isn't about Monroeville, this is the Norwalk story. This isn't for a new building.

genXer

My opinion on this proposed levy is simple - I can't afford it if it passes. If it passes I'll be signing my kids up for the reduced lunches. I hope the school board members all eat well.

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