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#Reaction to the School Levy Failing

Residents of Stow took to social media sites to express their reaction to the levy failing Aug. 2.

What was your reaction to finding out Issue 2 ? 

Share your thoughts on the Stow Patch or Stow Elections Facebook page or comment on this post.

James Pistorio August 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Do not be alarmed at being called on the fringe. That is typical left-wing rhetoric. If you do not agree with them they call you names. If you have Judeo-Christian values and believe that homosexual behavior is wrong, you are a homophobe. If you believe that abortion is wrong, you are against women's health care. If you do not embrace affirrmative action, you are a racist. You cannot get much more fringe to the left than the National Education Association. Do a little research on where they stand on social issues. It must be very frustrating to be on the fringe to the left and have those in the fringe on the right controlling your purse-strings.
Ken Foglesong August 04, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I must agree with the above sentiments about the tax burden for schools. As we all know, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled this method unconstitutional - but it still being used. I sure hope privatization isn't in our future. Maybe Gov. K. and the group will come up with a workable system at last.
Ed Kent August 04, 2011 at 05:22 PM
One way to fund schools that would not rely solely on property owners and thus spread the burden more broadly among everyone including those who don't pay taxes is to create a statewide sales tax. But, in order to keep the money 'local' as property tax does is to make sure a system is used that funnels that added tax you pay at the cash register no matter where you are in the state goes back to you local district. This is similar to when you use your credit card at a retailer and they ask for your zip code. Sometimes that is a card security measure, but other times the retailer uses that information for marketing purposes. That way if you bought a car in Columbus that special school tax you paid at that dealer would go to your district and not into a general fund the state runs and then distributes. A statewide tax distribution system takes away money from school districts like ours and gives a lot of it to big cities. We would not benefit from a system like that, so we would need the special sales tax coming back to our district. That is one way for our system to become constitutional since property taxes have actually been deemed unlawful. Yes, a sales tax would cause growing families to pay into the system whether they have property or not or whether they work or not. It always amazes me when I see a young mother with 3 kids using food stamps at the store while she's on her iPhone and then pays cash for her cigs and beer.
Ward Benson August 04, 2011 at 08:35 PM
As we currently see world markets falling today and economists talking about recession again, I'm so glad Stow voters had the foresight to vote down the property tax increase. They knew our economy was not yet in a sustainable growth pattern where local jobs and incomes could prosper quick enough to support higher taxes on struggling home owners. And to think if they really put that levy on in November, do they really expect home owners to instantly cough up the extra taxes within a few months when the February bill comes around? We have in our monthly budget a set amount we must save up in order to pay the expected bill in February. To ask for higher taxes beginning that quickly is beyond what many of us can cope with in that short period of time. I wish I had savings that I could pull on, but that went away when the economy tanked and my finances changed. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Can't sell and move either. When you don't have many options you must vote no. Our elected board members will surely make the needed cuts to that $54,000,000 annual budget in order to live within the means of taxpayers. Then, hopefully we can help them at the state level to focus energy on finding a more broad way to fund schools and get away from relying on just property owners which are becoming less while people move south and others who've lost their homes become renters or move in with other relatives and friends. I see that happening more and more.
Bob October 28, 2011 at 05:15 PM
People don't know there is a levy because they are ignorant and refuse to read. How is the district supposed to get the word? Knock on everyones door and then hold their hands to make sure they go to vote? Who is going to suffer through all this?? The kids of Stow. So when they grow up without the best education possible I hope they drive back here in their piece of crap car that the had to buy because they don't make any money and thank all of you dimwits.

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