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Board of Education Green Lights Levy Proposal

School board asks voters to approve the levy in May.

Updated Jan. 30, 4:43 p.m.

In May, voters will decide whether or not to pass a five-year, 3-mill permanent improvement levy for the Cuyahoga Falls City School district. 

The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education voted Monday to put the issue on the ballot. 

If approved, the levy would generate $11.1 million in revenue and cost homeowners $91.88 per year for every $100,000 in valuation, according to Falls schools treasurer David Hoskin.

Safety and technology upgrades would be added to the district this summer if the levy passes, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

The issue would also cover necessary building maintenance and repairs. 

The Board also voted to hire Right Brain Design Group to handle the district's public relations initiatives and marketing strategies.

However, the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Levy Committee will still be responsible for promoting and building awareness around the May levy.

Will you vote for or against the upcoming levy? Tell us in the comments. 

Earl Elevant January 29, 2013 at 08:55 PM
"Just in case those bitter, uneducated folks out there that need something they can understand and reason for why they should vote for it." Wow. Maybe you should look in the mirror to find someone uneducated. What on earth did this sentence mean? People can't afford to pay anything more to the schools--no matter what names you call them. If you'd like to write the schools a check to make them better, please feel free.
Earl Elevant January 29, 2013 at 08:57 PM
So move to Hudson or Aurora where people can afford to throw money at the schools. Can't afford to? We can't afford to pay for your kids here. Welcome to the crowd.
nbmgwtw January 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Haven't we just passed TWO levys in a row? What on Earth are doing with the money? I think it is wrong for property owners to fund schools anyway. Items that are for children should be taxed so ALL people with kids support the schools...not just the people who own homes. Tax their clothing, toys, formula, diapers, cribs, baby food, etc. and tax at a higher rate so the schools can get their cut after the city and state takes theirs.
Earl Elevant January 30, 2013 at 04:33 AM
What have they done with the money they've already been given? "The Board also voted to hire Right Brain Design Group, a public relations and marketing firm, to build the levy campaign." They're using the money they already have to suck more money out of us. It's time for a grassroots effort to take on this levy and beat it. The little guy against the school system so poor they can hire a PR firm to get them more money. Unreal.
Ryan Brady January 30, 2013 at 02:09 PM
People are naive to even think that a levy will pass in this town again after The 2003 fiasco.
Dave January 30, 2013 at 02:23 PM
It's baffles me that you just can't see the benefit in funding education. I'm sorry nobody's helping you pay your mortgage, but I'm sure you're going to, if you don't already, expect your social security check to come every month, and who do you think is going to fund that? Well educated kids who grow up and get good jobs, not kids in underfunded schools who don't get a good education and end up on welfare. And the board wouldn't have to hire a PR group to show people the benefits if there were more support to begin with.
Kellie Patterson January 30, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Actually Edward, this money cannot be used toward employee wages or benefits. By law, PI levy proceeds can only be used for inanimate objects. Building repairs, safety upgrades, computers, books, buses, etc. Results accountability has been addressed through the Ohio Legislature. We can finally begin to assess the impact our educators have on student progress and move forward with best practices. You, as a voter, will be able to decide if we are meeting your standards, and hold us accountable for those results. Lastly, we do not employ a single teacher that makes $100,000. Not even close... Check out www.Buckeyeinstitute.com if you would like specific or general teacher pay data. Some of the information may surprise you.
Kellie Patterson January 30, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Miranda- All district finance information is available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act and Ohio's Public Records Act. Please consider contacting the district superintendent, Dr. Todd Nichols at 330-926-3800, or, via e-mail, cf_nichols@cfalls.org and express your interest in getting involved. He will be more than happy to assist you in serving the district in a capacity that suits your interests as well as directing you to the proper employee's for the financial data you're interested in seeing.
Kellie Patterson January 30, 2013 at 04:38 PM
The Ohio Lottery was never intended to pay for ALL schools. It was intended to supplement local tax dollars. Unfortunately state lawmakers, NOT the local school boards, allowed legislation to pass that permitted lottery proceeds to supplant state dollars to school districts, rather than supplement them. To explain that in plain English. The state budgets our state allocation, then removes an amount that is equal to that years lottery proceeds.It's never in addition to state funding, always in place of state funding.
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 05:47 PM
My wife and I will be voting NO!
David January 30, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Thanks Kellie Patterson for educating people! 2 votes from this childless household. Education is a top priority for the children of Cuyahoga Falls. I was given chances in my lifetime to get where I am. Why people are making a big deal over 7.50 added to their taxes each month is ridiculous. If you can't afford your mortgage because of that, then you have bigger problems and should probably downsize from a mortgage.
Kendra White January 30, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I agree David!
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So why don't the parents of kids in the district pay a little more $$$? Why do us childless couples have to pick up the tab...
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:26 PM
My thoughts exactly!
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:27 PM
^ BOOM ^
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Selfish!?!?! What an ignorant thing to say...
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Education!?!? They need the money to tear down Sill Middle school lol
Dave January 30, 2013 at 06:31 PM
How is that ignorant? Explain how it's not selfish to not want to help the kids in our community because you don't want to part with a few dollars a month?
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 06:33 PM
If it were only that easy... David, if everyone that is delinquent on their property taxes in C-Falls paid their taxes we wouldn't be having this conversation! Plus, aren't close to 50% of Bolich Middle School students on FREE or REDUCED lunch?!?!
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 07:11 PM
How does this help the "kids"?
Dave January 30, 2013 at 07:13 PM
You don't think Safety and Technology upgrades would help?
Kellie Patterson January 30, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Because Adam, when I was childless, I picked up the tab for you ;)
Adam C. Miller January 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM
My kids will be going to private schools lol
Earl Elevant January 31, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Dave, more than half of my property taxes go to the schools. This is *MUCH MORE* than "a few dollars." Every levy is "a few dollars." The next levy will be "a few dollars." Before long, the schools have more of my property taxes than the county does. No more. I have given all the "few dollars" I can afford.
Earl Elevant January 31, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Dave, your logic belongs in the county jail: "We wouldn't have to take your money if you'd just give it to us willingly." Even more unreal. Heh.
Earl Elevant January 31, 2013 at 04:24 AM
David, if I vote yes and the levy passes, will you pay my $7.50 per month? After all, it's not a big deal. It would be ridiculous for you to worry about it. This is a TOP PRIORITY. How about it? You willing to put yourself out there to get a couple more "yes" votes?
Adam C. Miller January 31, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Tonight at 6PM! Virtual Town Hall on School Funding in Ohio: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/education/Virtual-town-hall-after-Governor-John-Kasich-reveals-school-funding-reform-plan-in-Columbus
discusted parent February 01, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I'm with you guys! I'm voting no!! The falls schools waste money like I've never seen before!! They want to fix these buildings that are falling apart. Build new. They should be embarrassed to ask for more!!
Earl Elevant February 01, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Hello? David? This is a TOP PRIORITY! Why haven't you offered to pay my $7.50 per month? The children are waiting for you? Don't you want a great school system for pennies more a day?
Adam C. Miller February 08, 2013 at 01:29 AM
MUST READ: http://www.fallsnewspress.com/news%20local/2013/02/07/cuyahoga-falls-woodridge-school-districts-would-receive-more-money-under-gov-kasich-s-funding-plan Looks like we won't need that levy after all...

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