In the Record-Courier on July 13, 2013, there was an Associated Press article headlined, "Schools get $45 million in Ohio casino taxes."
This is an excerpt: "Schools in Ohio are due to get more than $45 million next month from casino tax and revenue, according to state figures released last week. The Ohio Department of Taxation figures that the $45 million estimated payment is a 19 percent increase from the first semi-annual distribution in January.
"The new estimated payment compares with $38 million received by schools in January for the previous six months."
This does not include money from the Ohio Lottery, which has been in effect since 1974.
I think it should be public record how much each school in Portage County received. I also think there should be an audit or something similar for each school since 1974 as to how the money was spent. If you want levies passed, you must be honest with the public.
Senior citizens pay the most taxes and we no longer can afford it. I have been a taxpayer since 1957 and have sent two children and one grandchild to school.
Surely there is some politician somewhere in Portage County who is smart enough to come up with an overall small tax on everything bought or sold to be set aside for our schools, so everyone pays. If you believe this tax could become a reality, write letters to the governor, mayors, commissioners, school board members or anyone else that should be involved. And we, as citizens, parents and grandparents, need to become more involved and change things. We cannot do this unless we all stick together and keep voicing our opinion until it becomes reality.
If the money spent on the lottery, casinos, alcohol and cigarettes was set aside for one year by all citizens involved or who participated in these four things, every school in Portage County would be fabulous and a life-saver to the taxpayers.
I am a widow, retired on a pension, and a senior citizen who is not afraid to speak out. I am for better education, but I can no longer afford it.
I feel I have paid my dues.
Frances Reber, Edinburg