To the Editor: Arguments on tax levy challenged
Written by Bruce Jeffers   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:16
Opposition to the proposed Bowling Green Schools property tax levy has emerged. The arguments mailed throughout the community are not as realistic as they could be. So I would like to challenge some of the exaggerations.
It is unreasonable to use a $200,000 home as the typical tax basis and then claim the tax increase will be $400. The typical home in BG is valued at $135,000, leaving an estimated tax increase more in the neighborhood of $270. This money will help counteract inflation and decreases in state funding.
When deciding if teachers are paid correctly, it is easiest to compare wages between occupations. Benefits count, but they are not generally used for comparing different occupations. The most dependable site for wage comparisons is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teachers average about $53,000, which is not out of line with other similar professions.
It is also difficult to compare one school district to another academically. Bowling Green Schools have been doing very well on the state report card for many, many years. More importantly, graduates have a good track record of success after high school. I mean no disrespect to other schools, but one of the main reasons we moved back to Bowling Green from Perrysburg was for the benefit of our kids' education. We have not been disappointed. Bowling Green Schools might spend a little more than some districts, but certainly spend less than many. Further cuts are not going to make our school system better.
So, in comparing apples to apples, BG Schools are doing just what we want them to. If you don't want to support the levy, do so without exaggeration. But I would encourage you to vote yes this time.
Bruce Jeffers
Bowling Green

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