Taxpayers for Westerville Schools

Putting children and their education first and uniting the community…

A New Year in Westerville.

Thanks to Jim Burgess for submitting this letter to the editor…

You can tell it’s the new year in Westerville… both City Council and the School District are talking tax levies.

Westerville City Council is seeking a tax increase in the next two months. The problem is accountability. Thank you Council member Tim Davey for being willing to be a voice for the residents. Tim is asking questions and pointing out to the public many of the spending problems in Westerville. You see, if City Council had not been giving away money via TIF’s and abatements, the fire department would not be under funded by up to $1,500,000 per year and a tax increase would not be needed. Research also shows that the city has about $120,000,000 in debt (more than doubling in the last 6 years alone). Surprise! That is an additional $7,200 of debt for each voter (with more coming when the new senior center is built). This is just more debt for our children and grandchildren.

Westerville Schools is also talking tax levy. I guess when you are on the school board, taxing residents is “what you do?” At the end of the 2017 fiscal year, the district projects to have over $90,000,000 of cash on hand. In 2012, the school district passed a 5 year emergency levy for $16.5M per year or about $83,000,000. So, the school district passed a levy then didn’t spend any of the money? Yet now they are talking about renewing the levy and maybe increasing our taxes. All this money and busing still hasn’t been fully restored to our students!

My research also shows that all school board members have violated the school district’s ethics and code of conduct policy (accepting campaign contributions from unions for personal gain) and it looks as if one member has violated state law by not filing her end-of-campaign financial statement.

Yes sir, welcome to 2016 in Westerville.

Jim Burgess

2014 Payroll Reporting Available

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools has created payroll reports with the 2014 payroll data. This data is provided so that district taxpayers can see where their money is going. There are 2 files for your use:

  • A summary file.
  • A downloadable spreadsheet that you can use to do your own analysis.

In addition to district personnel that we pay directly, there are also personnel who are paid like a contractor thru the Educational Services Center. A summary of that data is also available.

We hope you find the information valuable.

Click Here to go to the 2014 Payroll Reporting Page.

Click Here to access the payroll reporting tool.

New Contracts Added

After much waiting, we were finally able to add the latest contracts for WESSA, Local 719, Local 138 and the Administrative Approved Staff online.

One major concern was the time it took to obtain the contracts. The Board of Education voted on 3 of these contracts at the end of June but they were not finalized until the end of October.

As Taxpayers, we wonder how our Board members could allow this time to lapse in the management of our resources. Were all changes as listed in the documents approved or did something happen in 4 months? We don’t know but we call for final, fully written contracts to be voted on in the future.

Click here to see the list of contracts.