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The Sound of Ideas

The Rising Cost of Local Taxes

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Homeowners want to live in nice neighborhoods but having to dig deep into their pockets year after year is not just frustrating for some; in this economic climate it may be impossible. Several school, social service and library tax levies are on the ballot next month for neighborhoods across northeast Ohio. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, Dan Moulthrop and guests discuss what's at stake for cities and the region if either a yea or nay vote is cast.

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Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate

Guests

Sharon Broussard, Editorial Board, Plain Dealer
Doug Oplinger, Managing Editor, The Akron Beacon Journal
James Brady, Shaker Heights City Councilman
Thomas Jelepis, former mayor of Bay Village & Broker/Owner, BEC Group

Additional Information

Lake County Commissioners Send Levy to Ballot, by John Arthur Hutchison, The News-Herald
Electric bills could go down if voters in Medina County townships approve 'aggregation', by Ellen Kleinerman, The Plain Dealer
School districts around Northeast Ohio can't wait for economy to pick up so they can ask residents for more money in May, by Gabriel Baird, The Plain Dealer

A list of levies and tax issues on the ballot in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga and Lake Counties

2010 Primary

Cuyahoga:
Beachwood City School District- Shall bonds be issued by the Beachwood City School District for the purpose of constructing, renovating, remodeling, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving school district buildings and facilities and clearing and improving their sites, including renovating, remodeling and otherwise improving the high school in the principal amount of $30,000,000, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 30 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside of the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the County Auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 2.5 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 25 cents for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?
Garfield Heights City School District- Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Garfield Heights City School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the district in the sum of $2,500,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 5.8 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 58 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?
Lakewood City School District- An additional tax for the benefit of the Lakewood City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 6.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 69 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
North Olmstead City School District- An additional tax for the benefit of the North Olmsted City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 7.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 79 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
North Royalton City School District- Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the North Royalton City School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the district in the sum of $6,695,000 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 6.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 65 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of ten years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?
Parma City School District- Shall a levy renewing an existing levy be imposed by the Parma City School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district in the sum of $9,197,860 and a levy of taxes to be made outside the ten-mill limitation estimated by the county auditor to average 4.1 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 41 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of ten years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?
Parma City School District- Shall a levy be imposed by the Parma City School District for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district in the sum of $12,422,628 and a levy of taxes to be made outside of the tenmill limitation by the county auditor to average 5.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 55 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of ten years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?
Rocky River School District- Shall bonds be issued by the Rocky River City School District for the purpose of constructing, renovating, remodeling, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving school district buildings and facilities and clearing and improving their sites in the principal amount of $42,902,050, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 34 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside of the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 3.2 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 32 cents for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?
Shaker Heights City School District- An additional tax for the benefit of the Shaker Heights City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 9.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 99 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Solon City School District- An additional tax for the benefit of the Solon City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 6.9 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 69 cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Westlake City School District- Shall bonds be issued by the Westlake City School District for the purpose of constructing, renovating, remodeling, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving school district buildings and facilities and acquiring, clearing and improving their sites in the principal amount of $84,056,066, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 34 years, and an annual levy of property taxes be made outside of the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the County Auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 3.4 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 34 cents for each one hundred dollars of tax valuation, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?
Issue 15- which will raise $86 million a year to go to agencies that deliver services to the homeless and the hungry, the unemployed and the uninsured during an unrelenting recession.
Editorial from Cleveland.com - http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/03/editorial_vote_for_issue_15_th.html
Euclid Public Library- A replacement of 3.5 mills of an existing levy and an increase of 0.5 mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of the Euclid Public Library for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 4 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to 40 cents for each one hundred dollars in valuation, for five years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011?

Lorain:
Avon Local School District- Additional/ 5.90 mills. Emergency Requirements
Columbia Local School District- Bond 1.85 mills/ Additional Tax Levy 1.25 mills. General Permanent Improvements
Elyria City School District- Additional/ 4.99 mills. Emergency Requirements
Firelands Local School District- Renewal/ 2.74 mills. Emergency Requirements
Lorain City School District- Additional/ 8.97 mills. Emergency Requirements
Grafton/Midview Public Library- Additional/ 1.25 mills Current operating expenses
Midview Local School District- Additional/ 7.51 mills Emergency Requirements
North Ridgeville City School District-Additional/ 2.70 mills Emergency Requirements
Issue 12- Lorain County Community Mental Health - Renewal/ 1.20 mills
Grafton/ Midview Public Library- Additional/1.25 mills. Current Operating Expenses

Medina:
Buckeye Local Schools- 6.5 mills/ Emergency Requirements
Cloverleaf Local Schools- 2 mills/ Permanent Improvements
Highland Local Schools- 5.9 mills/ Emergency Requirements
North Central Schools- 2 mills/ Renovation, Repairs, Improvements
MRDD- Board of developmental- Replacement. 1.12 mills/ increase of .50 mills

Summit:
Aurora City School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) at a rate not exceeding 5.61mills for current expenses, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Hudson City School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Additional) at a rate not exceeding 5.9 mills for current expenses, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Norton City School District- Proposed Bond Issue in the principal amount of $27,505,239 to average 4.6 mills, maximum repayment period of 37 years, for constructing, furnishing, equipping, adding to, renovating, remodeling, rehabilitating, and improving School District buildings and facilities and acquiring, clearing, improving and equipping real estate for school purposes Proposed Tax Levy – (Additional) at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for financing of general permanent improvements, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Coventry Local School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Additional) to average 6.25 mills for the emergency requirements of the district, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011
Highland Local School District- Proposed Tax levy (Additional) to average 5.9 mills for emergency requirements, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in 2011.
Manchester Local School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) at a rate not exceeding 8.5 mills for current expenses, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Manchester Local School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) to average 1.47 mills for the emergency requirements of the district, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011
Revere Local School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Additional) to average 6.86 mills for the emergency requirements of the district, for 10 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011
Springfield Local School District- Proposed bond issue and tax levy in the principal amount of $33,725,000, for 38 years to average 4.38 mills to pay local share of school construction under the State Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. Additional tax levy at a rate of .50 mill for 23 years for maintaining classroom facilities
Woodridge Local School District- Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) at a rate not exceeding 2.03 mills for current expenses, for 10 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Barberton Public Library- Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) at a rate not exceeding 1.37 mills for current expenses, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library- Proposed Tax Levy (Replacement & Increase) at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for current expenses, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Akron/ Summit County Library- Proposed Tax Levy (Replacement) at a rate not exceeding 1.4 mills for current expenses, for 5 years, commencing in 2010, first due in calendar year 2011.
Portage:
Streetsboro City School District- ADDITIONAL TAX LEVY - 6.92 MILLS
EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS
Aurora City School District - ADDITIONAL TAX LEVY - 6.92 MILLS
EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS
Rootstown Local School District- ADDITIONAL TAX LEVY - 6.92 MILLS
EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS
Southeast Local School District- RENEWAL TAX LEVY - 8.32 MILLS
EMERGENCY REQUIREMENTS
Springfield Local School District- PROPOSED BOND ISSUE AND TAX LEVY - 4.38 MILLS LOCAL SHARE OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
SUMMIT COUNTY OVERLAP - SUFFIELD E- ADDITIONAL TAX LEVY - 0.50 MILL
MAINTAINING CLASSROOM FACILITIES

Geauga:
Cardinal Local School District- Tax levy- current expenses- 6.8 mills – Replacement and Increase
Chardon Local School District- Earned Income Tax- Current Expenses- 1%- CPT & Property tax Reduction Current expense- 4.8 mills
Ledgemont Local School District- Earned Income tax- Current operating expenses
Madison Local School District- Bond issue & tax levy – School facilities- 2.83 mills tax levy- maintaining classroom facilities
Ashtabula County JVSD-Bond issue & tax levy. School District Building & Sites- 0.61 mill.
Lake County School Financing District- Tax Levy- current expenses- 4.9 mills

Lake:
Fairport Harbor Schools- Renewal tax, 4.9 mills, 5 years, current expenses.
Madison Schools - Renewal tax, 6.68 mills, 5 years, emergency requirements
MRDD Levy- replace a continuing 3.4-mill levy for the county Board of Developmental Disabilities. The levy generates $13,466,516 annually and costs $58.20 per year for each $100,000 of property valuation, according to the county Auditor’s Office.
More info on issue- http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2010/02/12/news/doc4b745e041b4de216327142.txt

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CC 9:22 AM 4/14/10

I would have no problem paying higher property taxes (and I live in one of the highest property tax communities - Shaker Heights) if I knew that those dollars were actually being spent things like books, paying teacher salaries, upgrading facilities, etc.  Instead you see things like the Maple Heights school board fiasco where people are getting away with very egregious things with no oversight.  To the point you just made, I do NOT feel like I’m getting my money’s worth at this point, and there are certainly school districts (Beachwood, Solon, etc) that have good reputations and lower tax rates.

steve thomas 9:35 AM 4/14/10

We live in communities that work for corporations that demand profits for share holders quarterly. Or these companies will leave for improved economic climates (meaning abandon). Yet citizens are asked to make a commitment for two years or more to support communities when same corporations are often given tax abatements.
How long can people support our key social structures why organizations reap benefits?
Steve Thomas

Norman Bliss 10:29 AM 4/14/10

I strongly support Issue 12, the levy for Shaker Schools.

This levy is critical to maintain the high quality of our schools and to preserve the strength of our community.

To learn the facts about the levy please visit www.forshakerschools.org.

You will see that this levy is needed to assure the continuation of our schools’ programming.

“Preserve Our Schools, Prevent Deep Cuts, Protect Our Future”

• As a community and a school district, Shaker Heights has earned its reputation for quality education and accountability.
• The Shaker Schools provide a solid education while being accountable with taxpayer dollars.
• Without new funds, Shaker Schools will face a devastating 10% budget cut, which would eliminate at least 80 teaching positions.
• Issue 12 is a necessity to preserve quality schools and protect Shaker’s community and future.

For the sake of our children, our community, and our future, I hope that you will vote for Issue 12 the levy for Shaker Schools.

Norman Bliss
President, Shaker Heights School Board

Julie Fogel 11:07 AM 4/14/10

As a volunteer for the Issue 15 campaign and an employee of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, which receives funding through the Health & Human Service levy, I cannot overstate the importance of Issue 15 passing in Cuyahoga County. Unlike other levy issues, Issue 15 is not a tax increase. It is a 2.9 mil renewal that equates to $87/year for a $100,000-value home. It represents $86 million dollars that fund crucial services for our area’s most vulnerable populations. Visit www.votefor15.com for more information.

kenneth McGovern 1:56 PM 4/14/10

I have been a resident of Shaker Heights for more than 40 years. I have chosen to live here for many reasons but most importantly for the quality and diversity of the Shaker Schools. My children received a superb education and now it is my grandchildrens’ turn to benefit from a Shaker education.

Quality costs money! Over the last several years substantial cuts have been made and contrary to many misstatements our teachers are not the highest paid in this region. We all suffer from the way schools are financed in Ohio. Until that is fixed, however, there is no alternative but to regularly seek support from district citizens.

How many of us spend $15 or $20 a week at Starbucks? That is about $800-$1,000 a year, which is more than the average tax increase. Coffee or kids--- it’s no contest.

KWM

Tim 1:58 PM 4/14/10

At what point are the taxes in Shaker too much?  We already have the highest in the state.  We have the highest, or close to the highest teacher salary in the state.  I would be a little more supportive of the levy if there was some discussion on how to help fix things for the future.  The typical Shaker homeowner pays 45% of their annual mortgage payment to taxes. 45%!  3 more levies like this and it will be closer to 50%.  At some point, and we may be past that, the taxes HURT home values.  If I knew that the teachers could not collect form their pensions until age 65 (like the rest of us for Social Security).  If I knew that we could fire the worst teachers every year.  If I knew that the teachers salary increases where more directly linked to the world around them, then I may support this.  Shaker has made no hard decisions.  This is in a school district that has had falling enrollment over the last 10 years.  Are we attracting families to Shaker for the schools over the likes of Beachwood, Solon, Chagrin, Orange.  These east side schools are as good or better, yet have SIGNIFICANTLY lower property taxes. 
When is it enough?

Julie Voyzey 2:30 PM 4/14/10

It costs money to run a school system.  It costs even more to run an excellent school system.  It costs even more when you live in a state that refuses to revise an unconstitutional state funding system.  The Shaker Heights School District is notable in its cost saving efforts and fiscal responsibility.  I have read the reports, I have talked to members of the School Board and I am completely confident that my hard earned money is being well spent on the schools.  If we are not willing to put money towards the schools, where will that leave us as a community? Where will it leave our children? If you are angry about taxes, take it out somewhere else, go lobby the state legislature to change the funding system, but do not take your frustration out on the schools…it is short sighted and misdirected.

Jeanne Shatten 6:07 PM 4/14/10

I am a longtime resident of Shaker Heights and a proud parent of 5 Shaker school graduates.  Our schools have proven that they are accountable. They have made necessary cuts to control costs and continue to use taxpayers’ dollars responsibly while providing our children with a globally competitive education. The District has frozen pay, reduced health insurance costs, cut administrative and support staff and saved dollars through joint purchasing. Due to their conservative spending, the last successful Shaker school levy provided funding for a year longer than anticipated. The district administration has successfully planned for and prudently navigated challenging times and they deserve our support.

Meryl Simon 10:28 AM 4/15/10

The notion that another school levy will make Shaker unaffordable is ridiculous. Our taxes have been high for a very long time. We have no commercial base and therefore cannot be compared to Beachwood or Solon with their huge office parks and shopping malls. People move to Shaker Heights because of the schools and because they want to live near the urban center and away from shopping malls and office parks. If Issue 12 fails the cuts could be severely damaging to the quality of education and our community’s reputation and desirability.

Terry Tobias 12:17 PM 4/15/10

I am a huge supporter of the Shaker Heights School system and feel that we cannot become complacent in our support for the schools or the community. As far as I can tell, there is no other community in the country like Shaker that embraces and celebrates its diversity, and has an unwavering commitment to academic excellence.  My son, who is active in the Students On Race Relations (SGORR) loves the fact that it’s a school community filled with really smart kids who are tolerant and kind.  What could be better than this?  The Shaker Schools need and deserve our support.  I will be voting for the Shaker Schools levy on May 4th. I hope you will too.

Kathy Connors 2:05 PM 4/15/10

I have 3 children in the Shaker Schools and I support the levy.  I want my children to go to a school where music, art and physical education are important parts of the curriculum.  I want my children to go to a high school with a course selection handbook that looks like it came from a university.  I want my children to be part of a school system that is supported by a dynamic and dedicated community.  We have these things in Shaker right now.  Let’s keep it that way!

Trent and Irene Meyerhoefer 11:23 PM 4/15/10

We agree that it is a struggle to vote for the levy when taxes are so high already.  But we ask Shaker residents to consider the fact that the cost to the district is very high.  The district provides the best education to students of various academic proficiencies (which we may argue that the Shaker school system has a more diverse population than some others and thus has more diverse academic needs). Some families with special needs children chose Shaker because of the quality of assistance the district provides.  Other residents choose not to utilize the public schools for their children but receive services from the school district such as speech therapy or tutors for children who cannot attend school for an extended period of time due to illness.  These services all come at a cost and yet these costs cannot be cut because the district is required to provide these services by law.  We all hear about how the number of cases of autism is going up.  Shaker takes care of all of these students needs.  If the number of cases is going up does it not also make sense that the cost to the district is going up?  Would we really opt to affect the quality of our students’ education rather than acknowledging that costs are always increasing and the levy is the only way for the district to support this increase in cost?  Perhaps we should all turn our attention to changing the unconstitutional funding system in Ohio.  But until that issue is resolved we hope that Shaker residents vote for the levy thus continuing to support the education of all its youth.

Myriam Neil 8:03 AM 4/17/10

We moved to Shaker 7 years ago because of the school district reputation. The quality of life, the quality of the education given to our children and the shared mission of the people living in Shaker are incredible and unique in the United States. Our socioeconomic and racial diversity brings challenges that other districts don’t have, yet we have not lowered our goals and we have not given up on anyone. I am thankful for the teachers who are amazing, dedicated and opening the minds of our children, bringing the world to their classroom with their experience and education. I am thankful for the staff, from administration to security, for their countless hours of dedication to guide our children and keep them safe. We live in a society where people understand that everything of quality comes with a price tag: should excellence in education be different?

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