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Local school is hurting because...

by Willy / April 19, 2014 6:02 AM PDT

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 Happy

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I thought that was what legalized gambling was for.
by Steven Haninger / April 19, 2014 6:57 AM PDT

...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.

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Creative financing, IMHO
by Willy / April 19, 2014 9:43 AM PDT

You're right about the "lottery funds" it was suppose to add to education, but it really took away what the state would have provided and then replaced by lottery funds. Those funds could vary and the amount wouldn't always be in the "up tick" direction. In fact the lottery itself has to be creative to get more players and thus the pay out is cutting into the funding of education as I see it. Maybe, the formula is stated somewhere but i couldn't find it.

Yes, here in the NW region Toledo got caught too doing that or some schools did rather than the district. All these new academies or magnet schools(voucher) schooling is cutting into std. public education.

As for new taxes, they always hit on the "sin tax" area. But, they have already increased fees of any state requirements or created new ones or just reaching some way more into the pockets of the Ohio citizen. I think in Illinois or Chicago area a pack of cigarettes is $8+(top of head).

They were counting on "oil fracking" but that's going to stop because they found it did cause the earthquake tremors some time ago where they're located. Gee, go figure put liquids into the ground may cause some sliding around. -----Willy Happy

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Think Again
by itsdigger / April 20, 2014 1:49 AM PDT

People buying cigarettes in Chicago are paying $12.00 a pack. That price increase is costing Chicago a bunch of money as smokers flock across the border into Indaiana and county's other than Cook and paying 1/3 the price.

Digger

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Quit smoking
by Willy / April 21, 2014 1:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Think Again

I'm sure they used the excuse it will cause people to quite smoking, maybe less and others could actually rethink this, but most just do what you mentioned, go elsewhere. In the meantime, honest smokers get hammered. At those prices, the health insurance slice should be paying for the top line equipment and Drs. if it does at all. I recall road trips to Illinois for liquor in the old days for big parties to bring back and visit relatives/friends to round out the trip. I wonder what JD costs there now? -----Willy Happy

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