To the Editor: Levy votes should be limited to November
Written by Phil Caron   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:55
The Perrysburg Transportation campaign was run good but the levy presents a fundamental problem with off November elections and this latest levy is a classic example of the problem.   
The practice of taxation without representation has been perfected by the School Districts, Government, and Way Library to make sure to be on the ballot during low turnout special elections.  Their goal is to load up the special interest to get their issue passed. The biggest factor is "No no longer means No" as they make some changes and go back on the ballot into infinity.
Last November - 11,962 people voted on the transportation levy with 6,088 voting No and this election only 3,272 total voted (this means 2,300 yes voters or 11.5% took out a 5 year loan on your property for $2,250,000 ).  
No one will ever know the result last November if the levy amount was the same as the recent levy amount - how many voters were turnoff or not informed of the recent May levy?  
May was 16 percent of registered voters and November 59 percent - nothing to brag about.  November should be the only month for any money issues and a No vote should be honored.   
One possible solution would be legislation that would require the same amount of registered voters must vote in off elections or the issue is invalid.  Another solution would be carrying over the No votes to the next special election - respect a person's vote.  
Transportation is not part of the city mission and should have been solved by our local churches and organizations - well within their mission. This matter has gotten out of control over the years due to all the political pressure of the unions growing to four elections on one issue every year.   
Watch how often the Bowling Green school district comes back after their recent defeat rather than living within their budget. All our representatives need to re-balance this issue in the best interest of taxpayers who own these agencies.
Phil Caron  
Perrysburg
 

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