Taxpayers: Get to the polls

Anonymous
Mar 12, 2013

My topic this week is how Perkins Township has paid for their new township hall.

I couldn’t help read the article about Perkins Township moving to their new building and how they paid for it. The leadership claims the hall is debt free. It may be so but at what sacrifice to the taxpayers? Perkins Township is now facing a $1 million deficit. They are cutting staff and placing a whopping 5.5-mill levy on the ballot for police.

Perkins is a prime example of what is yet to come for Sandusky if Sandusky decides to move City Hall. Entities just jump into projects and think the safety net is there for the taxpayer to pick up the financial short falls. Granted, some budget problems are caused by the federal and state government cuts but some entities are inflicting their own pain.

The taxpayers are struggling to keep their personal budgets under control. We feel that we cannot support entities that do not realize the limits of their own budgets. The economy is such that taxpayer support will not be sustainable. In addition to the government entities asking for tax increases, the schools have their hand out as well. In fact, the school levies in the area are simply out of control.

I would like to remind everyone that there are $6 million of uncollected property taxes just in Sandusky alone and a total of $12 million of uncollected property taxes for all of Erie County which has yet to be distributed to the rightful schools and entities. Some entities are starting to collect the back taxes in order get the properties moving back on the tax rolls, but it is a slow process. There are other instances where people are allowed to stretch out their tax payments but even that must not become a permanent arrangement. The uncollected money just places more of a burden on the taxpayers to pick up the slack of property owners who are not paying their fair share of taxes.

Any relief from the anxiety of having to pay out taxes is that the entity has to come to the taxpayer in the way of obtaining a vote when soliciting large sums of money from us. The entity starts to wonder if the taxpayer is really going to be gullible enough to cover the financial shortfalls.

Until next week, make the effort to get to the polls to cast your vote for how you would like your tax dollars spent and not how elected officials would like to spend the money for you.

Comments

Imataloss

Really, this makes no sense. So if Perkins used the money they had to build Township Hall to cover the police that money would be gone, in what a year or two or less? And then, they would still have to pass a levy AND not have a new Township Hall. Instead, they have used that money to invest in the future of the Township. A property they bought for pennies on the dollar, with lots of acreage and an east west connection between US 250 and Columbus.

If you have a dollar, you should not just spend the dollar. You should invest the dollar. That's the problem with the average Erie County resident. There is no thought for the future, it is only about today, here and now.

Property values in Perkins decreased by what, like 30% last year. By voting in both the Twp. and school levy, most residents will just pay a few dollars more than they were already paying before the decrease. A $100,000 home would pay like $18 more (don't quote me, but it's something around that range) a YEAR if the police levy passes. REALLY, why is this even an issue?

For the school levy to pass, it's like what $100 more a YEAR on a $100,000 house (again don't beat me up because I don't have exact numbers - it may actually be even less).

Let's keep the Sandusky pundits from diving our community. We do not need to end up in their boat.

The Bizness

As a Sandusky resident I agree with you, you should not let people with this short term focus from running your community either.

This area needs a heavier focus on bring in new industry, maintaining its tourism industry, and making it a sustainable place to live.

The city of Sandusky has done none of this, and I think it is because people want to keep things the way they are rather than being progressive about change.

mikel

here's the flip side. what have utilities done in the last year? what about gas prices? home, auto & health insurance rates? groceries? existing property taxes? clothing cost? medical cost, etc? all of these have, more than likely, increased! so, the whole picture is not just about property taxes but spending in general. a 100 here, 30 there, 50 somewhere else and all of a sudden the increase costs have risen dramactically.

The Bizness

City expenses have gone up as well with less funding from the State and they have to pay all the same utility costs you do. I am not saying they should ask for more tax money though until they get their check book balanced.

Cowboy

You look like nice people so I'm going to let you in on something I learned in business 101... you don't spend more than you have in your checkbook.

Imataloss

Well Cowboy, Perkins didn't use a dime of general funds for their new building. It was planned and halfway under construction before the 30% decrease in property values.

Cowboy

I guess you were a child left behind because if you could read you would see that my posting said nothing about the general fund. I would hate to see your checkbook!

Imataloss

But at the time they had the money to spend on Township Hall in their checkbook, so I guess I don't understand your comment.

pavedparadise

Perkins Twsp. spent all their checkbook money on shiny new bling and now they want their residents to refill fro day to day operation?

Mikel has it right---inflation alone is eating my paycheck

MrSandusky

Wait, so now this group does not want City Hall to move. Does Sharon and her crew just support anything that is the polar opposite of what is supported by The City Commission. After all, it is easier to disagree and argue than it is to be a part of the solution and come up with real answers.

doppleganger

If they can relocate city hall at no cost to taxpayers, then I'm all for it. No transferring operating monies like perkins did, then ask for a levy to operate. I mean NO EXTRA money. What don't you people get? I am taxed out! I want a new house, I want a new car.....blah, blah. Tough crap. It's not in the numbers and the "leaders" around here need to get the message - you don't get something just because you want it.

Imataloss

It's not that Perkins just "wants" a new building. They are investing for the future of the schools. They are going to stop throwing good money after bad. PLUS the consolidation of the middle school and high school will SAVE the taxpayers money - it cuts down on the duplication of services.

It's a tough time for everyone. But, interest rates are low and its a good time to build. We can save millions by doing it now!!!

pavedparadise

You may be confused. This blog is speaking of the Perkins Township Hall not the new school campus the school board is pushing

Cowboy

I'm not thinking IAMALOSER is actually reading and comprehending what she is seeing!

Cowboy

She does this a lot.

Imataloss

Cowboy, I actually comprehend a lot. I'm also pretty clear about who I am and what I'm not. IAMALOSER? Really? No playground for adults to bully on so you have to use the computer?

Imataloss

Doppleganger referenced the moving of the monies - that refers to the schools, or am I wrong? Please, feel free to correct me.

Cowboy

Please read the article before responding anymore. You are really starting to look dumb!

Imataloss

I understand what the article says, I was responding to a comment made by doppleganger, not the article. Apparently we have different definitions of the word "reply." So very sorry to distract you.

T. A. Schwanger

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@Mr Sandusky

Believe it or not, all City Commissioners do not support moving City Hall downtown "to generate traffic downtown" nor is it the taxpayers' obligation to support an unnecessary tax spending project.

How does the taxpaying Citizen solve issues that were created by the City Manager (past and present) or the City Commission?

How do taxpayers solve an $8 million lawsuit filed by the City vs County making attorneys rich?

How do taxpayers solve the puzzle of the City Manager firing safety personnel only to have an experienced arbitrator rule in favor of safety personnel?

How do taxpayers get Pipe Street, from the looks of it, not paved since the horse and buggy days?

How do taxpayers solve the much debated budget issue?

3M TA3

I thought this column was about strippers :(
They're taxpayers aren't they?

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GhostlyManor

The Perkins Township Police are having an informational levy meeting next Wednesday 3/20 at 6:00 pm at the American Legion Post 83 on Hayes Ave. I think it's important that we, as voters, make informed decisions based on facts not hearsay. If you have any questions I'm sure they will be answered in an honest manner. Police protection is very important to our community.

Truth or Fiction

I don't believe Sharon has gotten it right. Unfortunately, she would have you believe that the township went on a spending spree for a new building. It did not!

As for the need for a 5.5 mill levy, the township needs it to maintain current services. This has been caused by reductions in state funding as well as property valuations. Maybe it is time to look at shared services to reduce costs but I don't think there is enough savings to cover the shortfall.

Darkhorse

Shortfalls have been caused by reductions of state funding and property valuations. The Township knew of these shortfalls in advance but kept right on with their plans to move the township hall. They want to take the police obligation off the general fund books and place it directly on the shoulders of the taxpayer and that way, they have more money in the genral fund to spend away.