I usually don't write a letter to the editor because it generally means you're dissatisfied with something. Well, my husband and I are very happy living in Ravenna Township and having our own small business in downtown Ravenna. But what I am upset about it is the Ravenna school levy being repeatedly shoved down our throats when it doesn't pass.
We own five properties in Ravenna, and within the current half-year taxes of $4,750 just paid, $3,250 was for the schools. Yes, from just me, the schools took in $3,250 in six months.
What I'd like to see published is how much revenue comes from all of the tax collected from us property owners who are pitching in that large portion. And what about the money the schools get from the lottery, from the casinos, from the grants -- and the school enrollments are even on the decline, according to articles in the Record-Courier.
I sure wish our little business could get subsidies to operate. We just depend on customers walking in the door. And, when times are tough, we have to tighten our belts and work within our means. Gee, what about a levy to support small businesses who keep the town going and draw in new visiitors and commerce?
Now I know that that "the children are our future" and they need a good education. But we have never had any children in the Ravenna school system, and have been paying and paying and paying all these years (32 as homeowners) for everyone else's kids.
Sorry for ranting, but I know I'm not the only one who disagrees with the multiple levy votes when the public has already said no. So please, school board, find another avenue for the extra money you seem to always need, and leave our high property taxes where they are. Lord knows we could all stand to have lower taxes. I'd vote "Yes" for that.
Sharon Oehler, Ravenna Township
Well said letter.
Why not a tax from all teh people, not just property owners. I too have paid property taxes for over 46 years. I funded my own education, never once attending a public school. My wife and I funded our children's education in addition to paying taxes for public schools.
The public school system is an absolute failure. Furthermore, the federal dept of Ed is a total waste of taxpayer money. The federal dept of education mission is: "to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." To do this they have 5000 employees, spent $128 billion in 2012, $71 billion was "discretionary" spending. And along comes commor core to further "dumb down" America.
A well stated feeling of 'MOST' of the people. Like 'any' business, whether it is 'PUBLIC' or 'GOVERNMENTAL', when things are 'NOT' going efficiently as they might, maybe we need a 'management change'? I continue to believe, that just 'THROWING' money on to the top of a problem is 'NOT' the 'LONG TERM' solution to the problem.
A complete study of inter net education 'should be' looked into.
"Why hasn't this been considered???" "Or, at the least 'EXPLORED'???"
Speaking for my other half, whom is a teacher in the Akron School District, "I did 'NOT' enter teaching to be a 'baby sitter'!!!"
Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township
I appreciate the jobs and the true economic stimulus that small business owners like these bring to the area, at great risk to their own economic well-being.
And what an excellent idea in this letter: Let's have a levy that calls for a 10% reduction in property taxes. If it fails, let's vote on it over and over again.
Of course in that case, bureaucrats and judges would issue regulations and orders forbidding such elections, having suddenly discovered a new "right" to not allow such voting.