If you live in Franklin Township or Kent, have you taken a look at your current property taxes lately? The value of my house went down, but my property taxes went up over $100 per year, and this is before the Kent school levy gets voted on. Per the Portage County Auditor's office, this is because of home foreclosures and delinquent taxes and less money from the state.
The Kent schools are allowed to collect more from me and anyone else who pays property tax, as long as they get the allotted amount. Now, they are asking for an 8.9-mill levy. This will cost me approximately $550 more each year if it gets voted in.
Where do I get this money from? My health insurance went up $80 a month this year also. Food prices are up, gasoline is way up, the cost of living is skyrocketing, etc. What about senior citizens? Are we going to get hundreds of dollars more in Social Security checks to cover these expenses? I think not.
Maybe it is time our superintendents, principals and teachers start paying their fair share. They are very well paid and have great benefits (pensions, health care, paid vacations, sick days, etc).
They say they need the money so they don't have to cut busing and extracurricular activities. So many scare tactics all the time. Maybe children should walk to school like we used to. Besides, Mr. Giancola, aren't you the one who wants the children locked in the schools all day without going out for recess so no one can harm our children? Then they obviously don't need extra activities because sports are played outside. You also want shatterproof glass put in all the doors and a policeman at all the schools. Are you going to pay for all these unnecessary things for a fail-safe society?
And oh, by the way I think only homeowners should vote for school levies. I am sure all those kids at Kent State who vote the levies in. They don't own property, what do they care? It won't cost them anything.
And, please, teachers, do not talk to students including first-graders about what they will lose if the levy doesn't pass. This is propaganda and these are adult matters.
Kathleen Drown, Franklin Township