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