Schools and downtown

When people do things against the law, typically there is cause to take action for doing things illegally. Should anyone not be pena
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

When people do things against the law, typically there is cause to take action for doing things illegally. Should anyone not be penalized for their committed faults? Especially when it affects the majority of the people. So what about the funding of Ohio schools?

For 12 years the funding of public education in Ohio has been deemed illegal. It has caused cutbacks, consolidations, and closings, all at the taxpayers expense, and we have done nothing wrong. Since the government is the voice of the people, why haven't Ohio lawmakers been put on notice for their inability to follow Ohio laws? It would only seem fair that all the Ohio legislature for the past 12 years at least be fined for their inability to satisfy the school funding issue. Maybe if the taxpayers would charge each politician one or two percent of their retirement benefits for each year they held office during those 12 years, it would stir some positive solution. We do not want to take all their retirement money, because if our social security fails, we want to have some left to cover that loss to the taxpayers, knowing they prefer to give back what is rightfully ours.

At one time, Michigan had the second highest property taxes in the United States. The state made many changes by the combining of the city and township offices. Many of their township offices were closed in favor of sending things directly to their county offices. That’s possibly what needs to be done on a regional basis to have a larger positive impact. I am not sure of Michigan's rank in taxation values today. Last I heard, they were in the teens.

How many people actually go to downtown Sandusky after 5 or 6 p.m.?

The current development of condominiums and shops is Sandusky's way of bringing people to town. With Ohio being so far north the transportation costs are high and the utility costs are outrageous, two more reasons industry has left the area.  Using the largest natural resource we have — Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie — to bring people downtown is one of the many reasons to support waterfront development.

The blueprint for success of having smaller communities develop the waterfront can be seen in Vermilion, Port Clinton, Huron and all along the Lake Erie shores.

Tourism in Ohio is leading people to the area to help us through our economic recovery of industrial loss.

Jack Erne

Sandusky