Urges support for Ravenna school levy

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As an alumnus of Ravenna High School, I am urging you to vote "Yes" on Issue 2 on May 6.

My family and I had the distinct honor to attend and graduate from Ravenna High School. Ravenna High School prepared my wife, two children, and I for college. My wife and I are college graduates with professional careers. Our two children are on pace to obtain their college degrees as well.

Issue 2 will create a 4.9- mill levy ($1.5 million) for the Ravenna School District. This will allow the school district to update security in its buildings, update technology infrastructure, put new roofs on two of our elementary schools, improve electrical and plumbing in many of our buildings, and increase the college credit offerings at our high schools, to name just a few things.

This will also increase your property value. Realtors say strong schools are often the determining factor in the purchase of a home in a particular area, so passing this levy will only help your property values.

Remember, someone paid for our education. Now it is time for us to return the favor.

Hank T. Gibson, Ravenna

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  • From above: This will also increase your property value.

    And when my property value goes up, so does the amount I have to pay for the levy tax.

  • If the public school system was anything but an absolute failure, and if they could find a way to subsidize the teachers union short of confiscation of residential tax payers money then it mioght be a different story.

  • How can 'anyone' support a system, that is 'NOT' attuned with the future, 'OTHER THAN', JUST throwing money on the 'FIRE'???  Here is the URL for the Portage County, Ohio Auditor's office, click on the URL and see what your 'NEW' dollar amount per half will jump to if this school levy is passed: 

    http://portagecountyauditor.org/  

    Then, decide if there is 'ANY' value in just putting a 'band-aid' on a continuing problem.  Keep in mind that this county and 'all' counties in the rust belt are 'aging', and 'MOST' of the baby boomers will be on fixed incomes in the very near future.  If 'we' do NOT fix this problem with a 'LONG TERM' SOLUTION, that it will just 'CONTINUE' to repeat itself 'OVER' and 'OVER' again!!!  Try to 'THINK' BANG FOR THE BUCK, not just 'STOP' the 'BLEEDING'!!!"  - - -  Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township