Bellevue schools save
Bellevue schools ask district residents to support the income tax on Tuesday's ballot. This is the first levy in six years that will generate new revenue for the district. The 0.75 percent, five-year tax would raise $1.73 million for the general fund.
Bellevue schools has a strong tradition of fiscal responsibility, evident by a conservative budget, limited expenditures, purchasing items through buying groups and reducing whenever possible. The cost savings realized in September 2006 and the projected savings from restricting the elementary schools will amount to $500,000 per year. Open forum meetings since October 2006 have given the administration and board members valuable direction regarding retaining neighborhood schools in lieu of cost savings and the desire to maintain our standard of education and services. Reductions in the school budget and controlled spending can only go so far in light of continuous rising costs of products and services.
The revenue sources for the Bellevue School District are limited:
n State foundation money received from the state at a variable, pre-determined amount based on student classification.
n State and federal grants ($1.3 million) are received by the district annually following an application and award process
n Local revenue received through property and income taxes.
Until the school funding process is changed in Columbus, the support for all school districts is left to the community.
School board members
Ted Clark Marty Shelley
Beverly DeBlase Bill King
Superintendent Steve Schumm
Treasurer Nancy Beier
Vote for healthy living
"Healthy living too precious to take for granted" highlights the Clyde-Green Springs-Vickery Ministerial Association's affirmation for approving the Sandusky County Park District 1-mill replacement levy.
With the average cost of $2.50 a month additional tax valuation on a $100,000 home, the levy provides life-giving insurance for good community health, in addition to all the recreational and educational events and experiences. Passage of the levy is good community stewardship.
Our communities cannot afford to see this levy fail. Let's step forward with an affirmative vote for healthy living and appreciation for all the natural resources we are privileged to enjoy.
Pastor Dennis Rinehart
This letter was also signed by six other pastors in the Clyde-Green Springs-Vickery Ministerial Association.
As long-standing members of the Sandusky community, the Rhodes family has been an advocate of public education. Our children have benefited from the nurturing spirit of the teachers of Sandusky City Schools.
Our daughter, a product of Sandusky City Schools, recently earned her MBA. When she entered college, we began to assess her academic foundation and we made a calculated decision to provide our son, a student at Sandusky High School, with the same foundation. We believe he, too, will be successful throughout his post-secondary and life careers.
The slogan states: "Pride in our past, promise for our future." Sandusky City Schools have proven they can and will provide a solid academic foundation. The children are the future, and our school district embraces this reality through providing the necessary skills to generate productive citizens.
Inevitably, to continue a tradition of quality education, funding is needed. Vote for Issue 9 and secure a positive future for the next generation.
Vincent and Michelle Rhodes
Cross party line for Dolyk
I have known Zack Dolyk for about 25 years both professionally and personally.
Zack has given of his time and talent to numerous civic organizations. I have always been impressed with Zack's character and believe Zack would be an outstanding judge. He has proven to have leadership qualities. As there are no Republican candidates on the ballot my concern as a registered Republican was, "can I vote for Zack?" If you wish to vote for Vermilion Municipal Judge you need a Democratic ballot. I have learned in a primary election, such as Tuesday's, it is an easy process. When you go to the polls, and please do, simply request a Democratic ballot. In the next primary, you can re-register as a Republican by simply asking for a Republican ballot. I'm certain anyone who knows Zack believes as I do,.
Raise for Margaretta
Imagine going nine years without a pay raise in today's economy. It would be difficult to maintain your household in that situation. Yet, the Margaretta school board, administration and community have done exactly that.
It has been nine years since the Margaretta school system has asked the surrounding community for an additional levy. With creativity the system has been able to survive without tax increases.
But, the system can't hold back the increasing elements anymore. House Bills 920 and 66 have cut revenues to our school. Ohio has capped our revenue at the 2004 level and it will be held there for two more years. All this, along with the unknown future of the Visteon plant in our township intensifies the need to ask our taxpayers for an increase. Most recently the school board has taken action to help this situation by forming the Academies. This will produce additional revenue, but it will not be enough. Without additional revenues our system will be faced with a deficit in a few years.
Issue 5 would renew a 1.5 mill levy that will help us maintain our facilities and make upgrades in technology. Issue 6 would add a 1 percent , 5-year Income tax that will support crucial educational programs and pay for necessary operating expenses. Issue 6 will not affect social security or railroad retirement incomes.
Too many secrets
I recently attended the Margaretta School Board meeting. I have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed. The meeting lasted approximately 20 minutes in which the public was barely involved. To me 20 minutes is not enough time to discuss the issues at hand for the Margaretta community.
I never experienced such minimal discussion by the board. More time was spent on roll call than the issue itself. I realize that the day-to-day issues need to be addressed but levy decisions, diversion programs and the income tax proposal need to be explained in more detail.
Don't get me wrong, there was a chance for public participation. How can you have public participation when that was one of first things on the agenda before issues were discussed? The public was only allowed to be in the board room during general discussion about day-to-day operations. The public was then asked to leave the board room so the board could hold an executive session. They told us we could go home because there would be no further discussion. I know there is so many things you can discuss openly. My question is how much has to be discussed behind closed doors? Are there that many secrets?
Michael K. Conrad
On Feb. 18 my husband and I left for our six-week vacation in Florida. Enroute, we averaged $2.13 per gallon. Just 11 weeks later, gasoline prices have increased $1 per gallon; Thursday it was $3.19 per gallon. My cost to fill up my car will be a mere $20 more! When is it going to stop? I am sure big oil companies are enjoying another record profit-making year at our expense.
More Net choices
I've called the high-speed Internet providers and they say it's not available for my location.
I started calling for reasons it doesn't cover people three miles away from downtown Sandusky. One provider told me that repeaters, the boxes on streets that let more people get DSL, were supposed to be up in the city by December 2006. It's April 2007 and I have yet to see a repeater in the city. I don't want the local cable company being my only provider for Internet faster than dial-up. People want more than one choice and I'm one of them. I want people to see this and try to get something done about it.