Residents should vote "Yes" Tuesday on Issue 9, the Sandusky City Schools' 5.4-mill operating levy.
State legislators have had more than a dozen years to fix Ohio's broken, unconstitutional school funding system, and they have failed miserably. We appreciate the frustration voters have with the current tax system, but holding the Sandusky Schools responsible for the abysmal performance of the General Assembly is just not fair.
The school district has done its job, and we urge voters to acknowledge that.
Sandusky school officials have weathered the funding crisis and proven to be good stewards of public money. Administrators, school board members, teachers and other employees of the district have formed effective alliances that have served both students and taxpayers well.
The district also has done its job in trimming expenses and creating a lean learning machine to cope with unprecedented funding cuts and costly mandates from the state and federal education departments.
Two elementary school buildings have been closed and nearly 60 staff positions have been eliminated in recent years, among other austerity moves, which shaved $3 million from the Sandusky school district's annual budget.
Despite these budget cuts and the fulfilled commitment to wisely allocate available funds, the district faces a harsh reality if voters knock down this new tax.
School board members and district administrators did not devise the discredited state funding system, but they have lived with it and have overcome its outrageous shortcomings. They have succeeded where state legislators have failed.
The members of this editorial board are by nature skeptical and suspicious, but we are convinced Sandusky school administrators and the school board have acted in the best interest of students, and taxpayers.
The quality of life in any city is only as good as its school system. A vote for Issue 9 is a vote for Sandusky's future. It will be a well-earned expression of confidence in the work already accomplished and will show resolve to continue the district's mission.
Children deserve the best education a community can provide, and a community can expect to flourish only if it has a commitment to its young people.
Don't hold our future hostage to a bad funding system.
A vote for Issue 9 is a vote in favor of a bright future.
Believe in Sandusky, and vote for Issue 9.