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Sad time in Edison

February 17, 2013

To the editor: This letter is in regard to the failure of the Edison Local School District levy....

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survivoroftheflood

Feb-17-13 9:32 AM

Strike of November 2007 has stuck in voters minds for a long time. They haven't forgotten. Teachers weren't considering the long term effect back then. 6yrs later, it's hitting them square in the face, and the kids of Edison pay for it. Thanks teachers.

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debray

Feb-17-13 10:08 AM

Bravo survivoroftheflood !!!

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debray

Feb-17-13 10:08 AM

Bravo survivoroftheflood !!!

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RPG0340

Feb-17-13 10:13 AM

Ms. Russell, you cast shame on those that voted no and I have to ask why. Why should the taxpayers be forced to pay for an overstaffed school district? If the district cares about the kids, why are they going to deny bus transportation to high school kids? Why are their solutions directly affecting the kids? Why not just layoff some teachers?

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Moteman

Feb-17-13 1:15 PM

I am retired and living on a fixed income. I just recently qualified for The Homestead Act exemption. My tax bill this Dec. I got a reduction of property tax of around 140 dollars, but the tax increased by approximately 120 dollars. I netted 40 dollars reduction. If the levy had passed I would see an increase of approximately another 200 dollars. Thus I would paying 160 more dollars semi annually. I do ok with my retirement and SS now but in 10 years what I receive wont be so great. I see property taxes to continue to increase, and my income being eat up by inflation.

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Moteman

Feb-17-13 1:16 PM

While we are told our SS benefits will be safe what we are not told is that Odunbo wants to pass laws that would recalculate the way the cost of living will be calculated making the raises nonexistence or very small. 1to2 billion a year not going to SS but bums that do not work and vote for a living instead of working for it. Other than voting for County. Commissioners that are more fiscal responsible not voting for school levies is one of the few ways I have to insure MY quality of life in the future. If you want a quality educationfor your children, home school, send them to private school, or try to get some other source of funding that doesn't pick the the pockets of property owners, who in this area are are mostly retirees and older.

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Moteman

Feb-17-13 1:22 PM

Ms Russell

For too many years Edison has been mismanaged. From the Gardner days to the Owens fiasco then we had Carmicael, topped off by a teacher's strike. These things have stuck n the crawl of voters and they may never get over it. Most voters I talk to don't care if or actually want the State to come in and take over.

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NoSupportThisTime

Feb-17-13 2:37 PM

Ms Russel, Do you know there are over 10,000 registered voters in the Edison Local School District. Why not blame the defeat of the levy on the 1500 folks who voted Yes in the Nov 2012 election and did not have the desire to go to the polls in February. Nov 2012 Yes votes 3000, February Yes votes 1500, therefor 1500 Yes voters who stayed home for the February election are to blame for the levy defeat.

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NoSupportThisTime

Feb-17-13 2:48 PM

The district asked for 3 million a year...

The district says they lost 2.1 million a year in revenue.

The district actually lost 1.2 million in revenue a year, because the 900,000 in stimulus funds should not be funded by the tax payers, since it was a gift from the government, which was used to hire retired staff members for a 2 year period who new the positions would only be there for 2 years. The need is for 1.2 million, that is a 4 mill levy.

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RPG0340

Feb-17-13 9:46 PM

What needs to happen is to run the schools like a business. Promote and keep the teachers that produce a good product, and layoff the rest. If and when the district receives an influx of children more can be hired back. When demand is low, drastic cuts must be made.

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Unitas

Feb-18-13 8:46 AM

We only need one school district for the whole county, like they do in WV.

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JamesT

Feb-18-13 9:16 AM

Looking for the state to come in and dissolve the district. Some kids would go to the surrounding districts like Toronto, Steubenville and others.

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RPG0340

Feb-18-13 10:51 AM

Trimming the fat off of the district would go a long way. Take the kids up on Ridgeland Dr. and to SR 152 and make them part of Toronto school district. Take the kids that live on the top of 213 and send them to Steubenville. The kids out past Amsterdam send to Carrolton. Finally, take what you have left and utilize 2 buildings for all the remaining students. Kids from the irondale area to SR 152 goto Stanton. The remaining go to JU.

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Moteman

Feb-18-13 11:13 AM

In three different letters and their responses Voters are called names and vilified because they exercised their right to vote no on a tax levy. Not one response I have read where people are against the levy have they done anything similar. I don't owe your child an education I owe myself to be able to be secure in my retirement and not hand over my money to a school district to squander. You owe your child an education.

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Getthefactscorrect

Feb-19-13 9:49 AM

RPG. Did you not read or just decide to forget that Edison according to the Ohio Department of Education was already below state minimum staffing levels. NO SUPPORT THIS TIME, I thought you said Edison was going to receive 3 million dollars more a year from the state. Let me know when they will receive that. In regard to your stimuly money issue, it had to be included into the budget. MOTEMAN, you are receiving guaranteed income from the governement, that ALL of us taxpayers are helping to fund. Do I moan about it. No. With yoru mentality, I dont owe you a retirement income. Simply put, YOU dont care about education, unless you get it for free and dont have to pay for it.

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Getthefactscorrect

Feb-19-13 9:52 AM

By the way, if the district is consilidated, enjoy the higher tax rates you will be paying in the new district. I will continue to support the district and will assist in future levy campaigns even though I wont have any kids in the district. Its the right thing to do. I dont live in the past or have a personal grudge to keep.

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RPG0340

Feb-19-13 10:28 AM

GTFC, The Ohio department of Education, LOL!!! Want to post a more bias source? LOL!!! The goal of bureauocracy is to ensure the surviival of the bureaucracy. Of course they are going to set staff limits at artifical levels, silly, their very existence depends on it. Might taxes be higher? Yep! However, people can change that through voting, and voting with their feet.

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RPG0340

Feb-19-13 10:38 AM

Also GTFC, it is not about the past or any non-existent grudge. It is about respect for the taxpayer, which school districts for the most part have none of. Taxpayers, especially property owners have had enough of towing the line for those that nurse from the government teat, and those that collect the golden eggs from the goose that is the taxpayer.

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Getthefactscorrect

Feb-20-13 11:18 AM

RPG, if I do remember correctly you were an Edison graduate. If so, the TAXPAYERS paid for you to go to school also.

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RPG0340

Feb-21-13 10:54 AM

Yep, you are correct. That was back in the 1990's. The mills were still going strong. The Toronto power plant was still running. Any man that did not work at the mill or at the plant did construction work for the guys that did. People were buying homes and having children, buying new cars. My father made the same per hour back then as I do now, and I have a dang good job. What happened? Liberal policies, greedy unions, etc... brought us into decline. Now, the taxpayers are tapped out. Most people my age don't have a job where they can afford to raise a family, let alone afford a home in the country with any substantial acreage. Yet the school districts want more, more, more...

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RPG0340

Feb-21-13 11:04 AM

You see GTFC, there is not much of a tax base anymore. The people have spoken, they have said that they cannot, or do not want to pay anymore taxes. The people have adjusted accordingly and now it is time that the school districts do the same. It would also do a lot of good if the "State" (meaning all government and divisions thereof) respected the rights of the taxpayers.

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