To the Editor: Raising taxes not the solution
Written by Steve Lab   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:50
160% is more than 150%. I know they teach that in the BG elementary schools. I am certain that when a BG teacher gives a math assignment to a student and the student's answer is wrong and is told it is (way) too high and to try again, the teacher expects the student to come back with a lower answer the next time. If the second answer is even higher, the teacher knows that either 1) the student is ignoring the teacher, 2) remediation is needed, or 3) the student just doesn't care about facts.
It is a good thing that the BG schools' Excellent rating is based on student test scores and not those of the school board. The Board asked to increase our income taxes 150%; the voters said no, that it was too high; and now they ask for a 161% permanent increase in property taxes! I would hope the voters are insulted by this request (I am).
If the levy passes, our total property millage will be 10.95%! On top of this, we are told that, even if the levy passes, the district will be back in the red in 3-4 years and more revenue will be needed to stay afloat. Will they come back with another 161% increase, putting our property taxes at almost 28%? This is an unsustainable situation.
I know that state funding has been cut, but taxing our way out of the problem is not the solution.
Other districts are also rated excellent and do it with fewer dollars (Perrysburg is a prime example). Other writers have pointed out the high salaries and great benefits enjoyed by BG administrators and faculty compared with other districts. When the vast majority of the district budget goes to personnel and the cost of operations cannot be sustained, the answer has to be in addressing staff compensation. Despite the fact that the number of teachers has been cut by 38, staff by 7.5 and administration by 2 over 9 years, the district is falling further and further in the red. This is not sustainable and continuing to raise taxes on the public is not acceptable and cannot solve the problem. A different approach is needed.
I encourage a no vote on the BG school levy.
Steve Lab
Bowling Green
 

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