To the Editor: Elmwood needs tax issue to stay strong
Written by Christopher Allen   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:46
Public schools receive funding through the federal government, state, local taxes, fundraisers, and a very small amount through donations. State funding in 2013 for Elmwood School district was 59% of total revenue. Some school districts were lower and others much higher. Thanks to Governor Kasich, funding for public education is about to drastically change. In September this year Governor Kasich signed House Bill 59 (HB 59) in to law. This bill takes effect for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years which introduces $1.8 billion in cuts from public schools to promote charter school voucher programs. More importantly, the HB 59 formula unexpectedly redistributes funding from poor rural areas to already rich urban areas. This is a result of increasing farm ground value due to increasing prices of crop commodities in rural areas and drops of property values in urban areas with spikes in student enrollment. Governor Kasich's campaign promises that funding for all public school districts will be more equal and no school shall see funding cuts were nothing more than manipulations to draw in voters. But this letter was not written to attack the governor of Ohio. Unfortunately, Elmwood School District has fallen victim to these funding cuts. To compensate for the lack of promised funds and impending cuts resulting from HB 59, school districts are forced to turn to the local levels in the form of levies. Earlier this year Ohio citizens were asked to vote on such levies. Some passed. But many failed, including Elmwood. In November the Elmwood School District will again ask its residents to vote for a .5 mil and .75 mil income tax renewal. This renewal will insure financial stability which will allow Elmwood School District to continue to operate effectively and allow its determined staff to provide their students with the competitive edge they will need as they enter this modern era. Proudly, our motto is "It's all about the kids..." Help Elmwood maintain its "Excellent" award and vote yes in November!
Christopher Allen

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