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Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education Eyes 3-Mill Levy

The Board will decide in the weeks ahead on whether to put the proposed permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot.

The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education might put a new 5-year, 3-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot.  

At its meeting on Monday, the Board unanimously passed a resolution, which will be sent to the Summit County Fiscal Office in order to calculate and certify how much revenue the levy would raise. 

Upon certification, board members will vote on whether to place the levy on the ballot. 

According to Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Treasurer David Hoskin, the levy would cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in property tax valuation.

"A permanent improvement levy would bolster the district's revenue stream and could be used for building maintenance, bus purchases and classroom technology," reports the Falls News Press.

Would you support a new Cuyahoga Falls City Schools levy? Tell us in the comments.

Nikki January 16, 2013 at 05:23 PM
All I'm saying is they will be getting roughly 400,000 a year that was never there before. 400,000 a year you never had before and will continue to get from here on out(unless for some reason all the casinos close) doesn't just get absorbed. If used for the right things I'm sure it can go a lot farther. Enjoy your blogging!
Earl Elevant January 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM
No new levies. Simple as that.
Geoffrey Watson January 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Kellie, I really admire you for all you do and continue to do. You really care about doing what is right for the schools and the kids. I have been a Huge fan of yours for a long time and will contnue to follow you. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Geoff
Terry January 16, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I'm a senior citizen. I just got a 1.7% COLA increase or about $18 a month extra after Medicare increase. MY personal building and grounds (my home & lot) are also deteriorating and my technology is a land line and dial up internet. I too have a list of projects on hold. Difference is > I DO have tax increases > in the form of requested levies. I also have increasing costs for health insurance (secondary) and why name them all ?? We'll have to vote NO an any increase.
Geoffrey Watson January 16, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I know what you are saying Terry. I am a senior citizen as well. It just seems to me we need a better way to fund our schools. There are going to be more and more senior citizens and it will be harder and harder to pass the levies for the schools. I don't know what the answer is but it can't all come from the property owners. I know they need more money to maintain the school buildings but getting it from the the seniors is not the answer. We just need a better way to fund the schools. We need better schools and equiptment for better kids.
Adam C. Miller January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I'm with Earl on this one!
Geoffrey Watson January 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Earl and Adam, I am all for no new taxes!!! I don't like taxes anymore than the next guy. I am on a fixed income too. How can we pay for the deteriorating buildings and new technology with less money coming in from the State and less taxes being paid from all the laid off workers or workers working for low paying jobs? We want great schools. How can we get them with less money?
Adam C. Miller January 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM
How do all the property tax delinquencies play into this?
Geoffrey Watson January 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM
I tell you Adam. That's another good one where the schools are getting less money. It's no wonder they need more.
Unknown January 17, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Why is it always up to the home owners to pay for the schools? I do not have children and I have been a homeowner for 30 years and I have paid for everyone else's kids. What about the people in low income housing with kids? How do they pay for schools? Increase sals tax, that is fair for everyone.
Earl Elevant January 17, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Everyone wants everything to be "great." There comes a time where we have to settle for "good enough." If taking from the citizens who make the money ends up costing them in terms of quality of life, I'm all for leaving the money in the hands of the people who earned it in the first place. Does the Falls do pay to play? It's hard to remember with all the times that's been held over everyone's heads. If not, it's time to start. If so, are the programs self-sustaining? Could they actually make a profit on sports? What about class fees? Charge the people who actually use the service. It probably wouldn't be hard to break even here. Just like college--charge for textbooks. Take the cost, divide by the number of years you expect the textbooks to last before needing new ones, and charge accordingly. Like a self-sustaining rental program. Put bluntly, the citizens are broke. Those who were able to keep their jobs are stuck with the higher and higher costs of living. Something has to give. It's not going to be me. Figure out a way to do more with less. I had to. Most people have to these days. It's time for the schools to get on board with this idea.
Geoffrey Watson January 17, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Earl, I am not sure all your ideas can work but you do have some different ideas that need to be considered. You are thinking outside of the box. Actually they do have class fees so to speak. The people that have kids in school know those fees as all the extras that each class requires such as work books, special notebook paper etc. All that stuff costs parents extra, times each child. The citizens are broke. Our state is broke. All the states are broke. The Federal Government is broke. I am with you, something needs to give and something will give eventually. It can't keep going like it is. Everytime you go to the store there is less and less product in the package and the price has gone up too. Something has to give!
Adam C. Miller January 17, 2013 at 08:49 PM
So they should crack down on property tax delinquents! #PartOfTheProblem
Adam C. Miller January 17, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Raising sales taxes is not the answer!
Geoffrey Watson January 17, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I don't think anyone has the answer on how to pay for the schools.
Rich W. January 17, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Terry, It is bad everywhere right now but if you let your schools go, you let your property values go as well. Strong schools = a strong community. I always have and always will vote for the school levies in any district where i own property.
Ed January 17, 2013 at 09:37 PM
One of the things that my wife and I looked at when we moved here 6 years ago was the quality of the schools. We knew that eventually we'd like to have kids and would want them to have a great education. We liked Falls, and several other areas around here but finally decided on Cuyahoga Falls and bought a house largely on the quality of the schools. One of the things people look at, especially younger people, when looking for a place to start a family is the education system. Back where I grew up, the school board has now lowered all of the schools to "State Minimum" standards, why would I move back there with my family? Our current and future economy needs well educated workers to be able to compete for jobs in a global market. My children are not going to have the luxury of walking out of high school where they've received a "good enough" education into a factory churning out widgets for the next 40+ years. Having a strong education system benefits everyone, young, old, working, retired, by creating productive members of society, new jobs, and everything else that makes the world go round. Are there different ways that it can be funded? Probably, and those should be looked at, but anymore I often feel that we've lost the idea that we are in this together and everyone is just worried about themselves and their little batch of earth.
Geoffrey Watson January 17, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I agree with you on the property values, keeping better schools for better education. The problem is, people are broke, especially older people on fixed incomes. They are to the point where they have to decide if they want to buy groceries or the expensive prescription they need. Then what do they do if their taxes go up? That's true, they are worried about themselves and wondering where their next meal will come from. Wondering if they will get enough gas to get to the soup kitchen. A huge amount of those people are turning thumbs down on new levies and you can't blame them. Eat or pay higher taxes. Humm I do agree to a certain extent some people are out for themselves. All you have to do is drive around a little and you will see them driving in their SUV's. Pulling out in front of you or cutting you off, Come to a 4 way stop with 3-4 cars there, they are the first ones to go thinking they are better than or more important then us. Even thou they were the last ones there.
Kelly Williams January 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Are you kidding?
Geoffrey Watson January 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Who are you talking to Kelly??
Kelly Williams January 18, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Another tax hike for the schools?
Earl Elevant January 18, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Since we're all in this together... Realize that your neighbors cannot afford to pay any more for your kids' educations. If you would like to write the schools a check, please feel free. Thanks for your concern for everyone else's welfare, considering we're all in this together.
Kellie Patterson January 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Where did you come up with $400,000/yr?
Geoffrey Watson January 20, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Yes, where did Nikki get the $400,000 figure??
Nikki January 23, 2013 at 01:44 AM
If its a quarterly tax revenue we are receiving, 100,000 x's 4 = 400,000. Now of course being this info comes from something I read on the internet, doesn't mean its true..but I haven't seen anything that shows its false. Also, just got my joyful tax bill....$666.68 towards cuyahoga falls CSD a HALF. $1,333.36 A YEAR!! I'm a one income household. I think I already pay enough per year!!!
Geoffrey Watson January 23, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Kikki, I just read in the City Press that the schools get a payment from the casino every 6 months. This was their first payment.
Kellie Patterson January 23, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Actually the amount is per half, not quarter. I don't want to have to pay for a catastrophe that could have been prevented. These buildings are your investment too. Do you want them to deteriorate? They are old. They need maintenance. Buses need replaced. Some are 15 years old. Parking lots need paved. Classrooms need computers for the state mandated on-line testing. $200,000/year in casino revenue won't cut it. We have pay-to-play. We have class fees. Kids only go on field trips they pay for themselves. Kids share books in several subjects at the high school. Teachers have pay freezes in effect... We can give our kids a stripped down education if that's what the community wants. I don't think it is. The support for our schools has always been strong. A permanent improvement fund is sorely needed in our district.
Earl Elevant January 23, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Seems the community is telling you to do what you need to do to save the community money. We're broke and have no more to give. Strip it down if you have to, but we've already given at the office.
Geoffrey Watson January 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I know Earl. It gets to the point where a person can't pay anymore. Things are getting bad and are going to get worse unless the government gets it's spending under control. Inflation is already starting to kill us. Every time we go to buy a grocery item it has gotten smaller and the price has gone up too. I am sure the schools are having the same problem.
Nikki January 25, 2013 at 02:14 AM
As a parent in this school district, of course I want the best for our schools and students. I support the schools in every way I can by volunteering my time, donating, fundraisers, and all the fees that are due every year. I think we all want the best for our kids..our community.. and our future! It's just awful to keep kicking people when they're already down. The tax delinquencies will continue to grow and grow and the number of foreclosures will do the same if people can't afford to live. Then our kids will be homeless cause their parents couldn't afford their homes anymore...clearly, whatever happens I'll continue to pay my bills and work even more than I already do now to make ends meet. But there are some that don't have the ability to work more and make more..

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