...to help fund schools. I say "balderdash" to that one. I do know that down here in Columbus the public school system got itself into big trouble with voters with some creative reporting of attendance and educational progress records. They recently put a property tax request on the ballot asking for about 25% more claiming this would be needed to fix things. The request was denied by a huge margin. Yes, there is a problem with the schools and more money isn't what I think will fix it. It's going to require giving teachers better raw material to work with. By that, I'm taking about the students and not brick and mortar or technology. The gov also wants a revamping of the tax system and I'm not in favor of many parts of it. He wants a huge tobacco and e-cig tax increase to make up for some tax cuts. I don't think you raise taxes on such things that you don't care to sustain and expect to use that as replacement income. I think the gov has been successful in bringing some business back to Ohio and kids need a place to go to work when they're ready. I do, however, feel a bit uneasy about some of the tax proposals.
Just so you know, not my school district as related to article.
The end result of giving big business a break, is costing this school district funding it would have had. Wording as found in the article:
"due to legislation passed by the Ohio legislature in 2005 that phased out taxes over five years on tangible personal property of general businesses, telephone and telecommunications companies and railroads" (and oil refineries).
If these business need a break, then what the heck is any school district going to get funding? Since this hits across the whole state and Ohio govt. also has reduced funding for education as well that normally was present yrs. ago.
What do you think? -----Willy