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Stand up for Edison Local

April 20, 2014

To the editor: The Edison Local School District has endured its share of difficulty since the 2004-05 school year. It was at that time the district was placed in fiscal watch....

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Apr-22-14 9:07 AM

Mr. Beattie, You say “The Edison Local School District has realized a loss of more than $2 million in permanent revenue during the last five years.”

The following numbers come from the Auditor of State’s annual audit of the Edison Local School District, with year 2014 coming from the districts 5 year forecast that was submitted to the ODE In November 2013:

Year Total Revenue 2009 17,559,667 2010 18.398,709 2011 17,618,845 2012 17,743,145 2013 18,346,409 2014 17,825,625 -5Yr Forecast

Where is the $2 million in lost revenue?

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Apr-21-14 10:09 AM

I doubt he will answer but I'd like Mr. Beattie to answer some questions.

1. If this levy is passed, will bussing be brought back immediately?

2. Will this be the last levy you will ask for? In other words, we pass this one, you stop trying to pass another one.

3. Will your district live within it's means like the families of the area?

4. What are you doing to bring better jobs to the area to pay for the higher taxes your district will cause?

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Apr-20-14 7:41 PM

I'm not sure why it is that people keep trying to ram this levy through. People are leaving the area, mill jobs are gone, and there has been no effort to get good jobs to come to the area. The result, teachers are going to have to settle for less money. It is that simple. If the teachers truly valued education, they'd have taken a pay cut and kept bussing. They didn't. They have proven that to them, teaching is a job and a paycheck, nothing more.

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Apr-20-14 3:42 PM

Although it did pass an emergency levy in 1999 for 2.1 mills, the Edison Local Beattie "School District has not passed a levy for new money since 1977. No one can live nor operate in today's society on the same amount of money as they did more than 35 years ago."

Mr Beattie why didn't you tell the truth? It is not the same amount of money the system was set up that you would get more money as property values increased and more bossiness and homes were built. If the money was used wisely and not squandered you would have plenty. It is time administrators and teachers took pay cuts in wages and benefits.


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Apr-20-14 9:14 AM

Mr. Beattie be honest with the citizens of Edison Local.

Explain to us that with the passage of the new state budget HB 59 on June 30, 2013 major changes have occurred to the Homestead Program. Under prior law, the homestead exemption was available to all taxpayers 65 years of age and over or disabled taxpayers regardless of income. Under the new law, for tax years 2014 and forward, only individuals 65 and over with total income of less than $30,500 will qualify the homestead exemption.

Also under the new law, for property levies passed in 2014 and forward, the state of Ohio will no longer subsidize the 12.5% of the levy (this includes all new and renewal levies).

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