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Edison levy deserves a ‘no’

January 27, 2013

To the editor: If you are in the Edison Local School District and you voted “no” on the 9.45-mill levy in November, you better be sure you get to the polls on Feb. 5 and vote “no” again....

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debray

Jan-27-13 6:58 AM

Very True Harry.

If you want to know where the money goes check out Buckeye Institute - Teacher Salary, and don't forget Obama also handed the the Teacher's Union Pention Plan a big bailout.

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RPG0340

Jan-27-13 10:11 AM

People of the Edison district, please vote "NO." Don't let what happened in Toronto happen to you folks out there.

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Johnson2616

Jan-27-13 10:16 AM

Personally I'm sick and tired of "special levy elections" being held with little or no fanfare. Guess holding an levy election where only the school district employees know about it makes sense if you are the school board and want to sneak something pass the voters. We, as voters and taxpayers, need to change the rules governing these special elections so they are no longer held on a weekend and are duly noted in news media.

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Moteman

Jan-27-13 11:29 AM

I think the tax payers forget and it is very evident that the school board members ignore. The school board works for the taxpayers and voters, not the school administrators. We have spoken out loudly three times we don't want your levy. Go someplace else for your money and quit extorting the property owners for your money. If you feel the need to ask do it on the up and up not behind closed doors with special elections.

VOTE NO!

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NoSupportThisTime

Jan-27-13 12:19 PM

Edison classified and certified contracts are up for renewal this year (2013)... When this levy passes you will see where money goes...

When this levy passes, it will only last the district 5 years and that is with the "emergency levy" being renewed. The BOE will be right back at the ballot trying to get back into your checkbook.... Tis district has $18 MILLION in revenue... Still giving Wal Mart a Tax abatement but asking the home owners to pay more.. If you don't need a building... close it... Personally, I would close the current high school building.. It is the oldest building and costs the most to operate.....

Be sure to get out and vote, you had better believe there are enough "YES" votes to get this levy passed.....

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NoSupportThisTime

Jan-27-13 12:51 PM

I believe Edison is spending $1.6 million on transportation... With the state transportation reimbursement at $950,000.. So actual cost is $1,600,000 - $950,000 = approximately $650,000. I hope the BOE has calculated how much the state transportation reimbursement will decrease when busing for 9-12 high school students is stopped...

Could be an additional hit to the schools revenue in the 2014-15 school year that the BOE will want the taxpayers to also provide new tax money for....

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rcdog2

Jan-27-13 5:34 PM

how does the lottery help schools? The only thing that i was told is they get very little. Why? What does the head of the lottery make? I think you will be surprised.

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RPG0340

Jan-27-13 6:00 PM

Funny, all of the conservative comments have 1 disagree yet no comment from mrcore yet? LOL!!!

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Unitas

Jan-28-13 10:32 AM

There is no valid reason for Jefferson county to have 5 school districts, paying administrator costs for 5 districts. Especially when you take into account the small size of some of these districts. There should be one school district, with the students being allocated to the facilities that are the best suited for minimizing costs and maximizing their use. Tax rates will be lower as a result.

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RPG0340

Jan-28-13 10:51 AM

I see your point Unitas. Problem is that the county is very large. The best solution would be for Edison to disolve Have those in the east attend Toronto, Those to the south goto IC, and Steubenville, Those in the west go to Carrolton.

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Getthefactscorrect

Jan-29-13 9:37 AM

Wow. The same people are on here complaining every time a levy is up for a vote. The school board has montly meetings that everyone is free to attend where the levy was discussed and passed to be put back on the ballot. In addition, the superintendent was on News 9 about it. You all complained when the supporters in the disrict went door to door and conducted a massive campaign. Now you complain because they are not campaigning. The school board has done their due dilligence. As a voter it is your responsiblity to know what is on the ballot. Dont blame someone else. In addition, most money in any school district or business goes to salaries and benefits. That is not anything new. The school board was elected by the voters to make decisions that are in the best interest of the district and students. They have cut and cut. The only way to bring more money into the district is by a levy. That is how the state funding works. You may not be happy with it, but the facts are the facts.

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RPG0340

Jan-29-13 10:49 AM

I know that board meetings are held, and I agree that voters should know the issues before heading to the polls. However, I disagree with the levy. People are taxed out, the local economy is in the spitter, yet the school district keeps putting a measure on the ballot that would increase people's taxes when their budgets are already stretched to the limit.

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survivoroftheflood

Jan-29-13 3:08 PM

Back in November 2007 when the great teachers of Edison turned their backs on the students of Edison for 2 weeks. Remember? Most voters haven't forgot.

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Moteman

Jan-29-13 9:34 PM

getthefacts you are wrong about one major thing. the school board represents the voters, not the school administratin. the voters have overwhelmingly turned down the levy three times. the school board should not be trying again as it is not the will of the voters.

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Getthefactscorrect

Jan-30-13 9:38 AM

Moteman, Once again I disgree with you. The voters elect school board members to make the best decisons for the school district. The board members must do what they think is right. I praise the Herald Star for endorsing the levy and congratulating the administrators, teachers, staff and board members for what they have been able to accomplish in the past four years without much support. Read the article, the facts are correct. They have cut, cut and cut.

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RPG0340

Jan-30-13 9:58 AM

GTFC, You say they have cut, and cut, and cut. That is what happens when budgets are tight. The property owners around here have tight budgets, why should they be the ones forced to carry the load for everyone? Are they not important? Why should they be FORCED to make cuts so that others do not have to? How about having the teachers take a pay cut so that all of us can share in the misery? You know as well as I do that if taxes increase the teachers just demand more money. The rest of us without 35 hr a week government jobs don't have the luxury of demanding pay raises.

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NoSupportThisTime

Jan-30-13 10:29 AM

Yes, the district has made cuts.. mainly through attrition and the fact that the district was overstaffed... It is not the “Revenue” side of the balance sheet that needs fixed.... If this levy passes the district has said it will only last 5 years... That is not acceptable for a 38% increase in taxes.... What will the district be doing in the next 5 years to solve the out of control escalation in the “Expense” side of the balance sheet? The district has indicated they have made Million in cuts since 2005, yet the actual expenses for the district are (2010 - $18,776,924, 2011 - $19,501,647, 2012 - $ 18,453,231) and the budgeted expnses are (2013 = $18,820,000, 2014 - $19,476,000, 2015 - $20,237,000, 2016 - $21,062,000) (you can see these at h t t p : / / w w w .edisonlocal.k12.oh.us/Downloads/5yrforcastfy2013.pdf

I believe the voters need this question answered by the BOE before this levy is approved...

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Moteman

Jan-30-13 12:16 PM

GTFC I ask you what is a representive gov.? We vote for a school board and theynanswer to the voters when they are up for reelection. I don't care how you vote,but I will not vote for any of the incumbent school board members. They won't come forward and tell the voters how they stand on a levy that had been turned down three times. i only regret that three of the members are not up for re election for a few years. GTFC I just got my property tax bill and it went up over a hundred bucks with out the levy. Why can't people get it through their heads the area is depressed and can't afford being fleaced by a school district that refuses to do what is right for the property owners and only care about their extravagant salaries.

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Moteman

Jan-30-13 12:17 PM

LESS CHILDREN AND BIGGER SALARIES, VOTE NO!

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NoSupportThisTime

Jan-30-13 3:06 PM

Go to this site to see what the Edison BOE in Milan, Ohio has negotiated with its staff.

h t t p : / / w w w.edisonchargers****/index.php?option=c 0 m_content&view=article&id=91:edison-teachers-and-board-reach-new-2-year-agreement&catid=4:general-news&Itemid=15

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Getthefactscorrect

Jan-30-13 3:27 PM

I value everyones opinon on here and I guess will just agree to disagree. I know for a fact board members dont make a huge salary and dont do it for the money. The teachers and administartors also go to school for 4-8 years depending on the college degrees they obtain. Many of them take student loans out to obtain their degrees. Higher education leads to higher paying jobs. Those are the facts. In addition, there are many supporters of the levy in the district. As I have saide before, everyone knows the name of the board members and are welcome to come to a meeting. No one knows who the people are on here hiding behind their account names. Please feel free to run for school board next time. You all have the answers.

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Moteman

Jan-31-13 10:08 AM

GTFC why does every one resort to the same lame statements when they don't have a rebuttal to anther's statements or arguments.

Teachers went to school for a few years so they deserve more??? You hide behind a screen name kind of like you are doing GTFC? Do you know the meaning of the word hypocrite?

I also went to school to learn my trade. In fact I never stopped going to school for the 30 plus years I worked. So can I demand that the school district spend MY money in a more productive way? I won't vote for a levy until that happens. Also while hiding behind this screen name i feel that the school board works for the voters and I won't vote for a school board member that rubber stamps what the school administration wants. I won't vote for a board members who can't think for themselves. That kind of board member is not needed.

Get out to vote Tue. and Vote NO!!!!

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RPG0340

Jan-31-13 11:21 AM

GTFC, I am a college grad. I had $20k in student loans that I paid off what makes them better than me? My point is that if taxes and therefore the cost of living increases, teachers will just demand a pay raise next time they are up for a new contract. The rest of us do not have that option.

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Getthefactscorrect

Jan-31-13 2:55 PM

RPG- I understand your concern and I dont think the teachers are any better than you. Moteman-As I said before I can guarantee you that board members DO think for themselves. They justt dont happen to agree with you. Thats ok, this is America. You have the right to your opinion and they have the right to theirs. As for me being under a screen name, I figure why not. If you can do it, so can I. I was just tired of the same people on here bashing the district so I decided to support it. Once again, there are three board seats up in November, love to have you run. Once again, I appreciate everyones input and dont mind having a conversation based on facts. I encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday, express your opinion. It it fails or passes so be it.

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MajorMatt

Jan-31-13 3:28 PM

Please stop you crying about this levy. We pay social security, Medicare, federal , state, local, sales taxes and proprerty taxes. Because our generations screwed up do not let the next generation receive the raw end of the deal. If these youngsters can reap the benefit of my portion of the American dream so be it!!!! The school board represents the children NOT THE ADULTS. I personally could care less about the adults and your bickering. The local economy is not in the spitter the problem is lack of higher paying jobs above min. wage. The country wants to arm the teachers? Then they deserve more. You want to save money buy one less gun or box of shells. Or better yet give it to the teachers. Support the levy.

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