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Letter to the Editor: Opposed to another 'needless' school levy

Published: March 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Opposed to 'another needless' school levy

For years, I believe the Twinsburg School District has misled residents with half-truths about its finances. They have presented education as something so special that its cost should not be questioned by us, its customers. The proposed 6.9-mill continuing levy is another attempt to increase our real estate tax burden for their benefit.

We have been told that they "need" more money to provide quality education.

Not true.

They already have plenty of money. They had $31.2 million in surplus cash reserves as of June 30, 2016, per the treasurer's report. They equate their needs with their desires, like a child who "needs" another toy.

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We are told that the proposed 6.9-mill continuing (forever) tax levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home "only" $241 per year. But the average home in Twinsburg is valued at more than $200,000, and new construction averages more than $300,000. District officials also fail to mention that the real estate tax on the average Twinsburg home is already about $3,000 a year, of which about $2,000 is for school taxes.

So, this proposed tax increase of about $500 a year on an average home would be an approximately 25 percent permanent school tax increase. These percentages also apply to real estate taxes on both businesses and apartments. So, rents charged by their property owners would have to increase by even more than they have in the past.

The schools are used to getting away with what I believe is taxpayer mistreatment, because it has been unpopular to question their word. In May, we voters must send them the message that we are burdened with enough taxes, and will not go along with another needless levy.

Jerry Polster, Twinsburg


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