|To the Editor: Levy is for the next generation of students|
|Written by Terry Mulgrew|
|Thursday, 02 May 2013 08:10|
It is with great dismay that I received a letter in the mail from Citizens for Financial Responsibility. The letter is filled with many inaccuracies and I am hopeful our voters do not fall for these tactics. I feel the place to start with is the motivation: If the CFR group is being led by commercial landlords who own rental units in BG, then it would make sense for them to fund a negative campaign to keep their profits strong and attempt to keep taxes low.
My children are grown and have passed through our fine school system and I am very close to retirement. My motivation is for the next generation of students who will pass through our schools to have the resources available to educate them to become work-ready in our current economy.
Bowling Green's strong schools system attracted my family to this town 30 years ago. The commercial landlords know eroding the property values will decrease their tax bill and make it cheaper to acquire more homes in the future-maybe even yours. Our schools are a community asset; we need to invest in them.
The net dollars that BGCS will receive from the federal and state funds will decrease $500,000 in the coming school year. Our governor's education policy is to have local districts pick up the expenses or degrade their local communities.
Something the letter does not point out is that the funding base is shifting based on the Kasich philosophy. For those in support of our governor's strategy, it is time to step up and support your community.
Stating that people are paid too much is a misstatement of fact with no basis of comparison. Without levy passage, cuts will come to other areas. Other districts in the state have cut busing and sports as a way to balance their budgets.
CFR may be willing to put children in harms way to pay a lower tax rate, I am not. CFR may be willing to have students' self-fund sports participation, a poor choice. Participation in extracurricular activities is an instrumental component to a well-educated student.
I took on teaching as a second career after thirty years in the private sector my peers dig into their own pockets on a regular basis to provide materials to educate their students because the financial resources we have today are already inadequate. I will be voting yes on the May levy and I hope you do as well.
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