Taxpayers for Westerville Schools

Putting children and their education first and uniting the community…

Issue 59 – Paying More For Your Dairy Queen Blizzard

The Westerville School District will collect $83,000,000 from the 5 year emergency levy and have $90,000,000 in the bank 1 year later. Yet, they want you to vote for a tax increase after they didn’t spend a dime?

Click Here to see what the tax increase does to a homeowner. If it raises taxes on the homeowner, just think what it does to businesses.

How many Blizzards will Dairy Queen have to sell to pay for their tax increase?

Tax Increase on Dairy Queen

Well, we don’t know how many but we do know it will be you paying the bill!

Issue 59 – It is a Double Tax…

So Issue 59 passes (even though the school district didn’t spend a dime of the revenue raised from the last levy) and your taxes go up! So, you say that’s not a problem. That is your choice.

What you forget is that everybody’s taxes go up. So when you go to McDonald’s, or Giant Eagle, or Donatos, or Westerville Golf, their taxes went up too and someone has to pay for that. Guess what? That someone is you.

Taxes go up when Issue 59 passes...

Whether it is a fast food restaurant, a grocery store, or even Westerville Golf, their prices will rise so they can pay for their tax increase. That means that you not only pay for your tax increase but their tax increase, too!

That is a double tax!

Issue 59 – Raising your taxes…

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools is taking the time to dig into the real truth about this tax levy. It may be “Zero New Tax” in 2017 but it increases your taxes in 2018 and beyond.

Raising taxes on homes worth $160K

This example shows a home valued at $160,000 and the amount the tax increase will be on that property.

Vote No on 59. Yes it raises your taxes and no they don’t need the money (afterall, they will still have $92,000,000 in the bank 1 year after the emergency levy stops collecting).

Issue 59 – The Hidden Tax!

What we taxpayers fail to remember is that a property tax is also a hidden tax that we pay twice!

That’s right. If Issue 59 passes, you will pay about $620 a year in additional taxes, starting in 2018 – assuming your home is valued at about $310,000.

But it doesn’t stop there. Businesses also have to pay this new tax.

For the McDonald’s on State St., that’s about $2,500 per yer. So let’s look at some of Westerville’s businesses per year tax increases:

$2,500 – McDonalds
$1,500 – Pizza Hut
$1,250 – Dairy Queen
$5,200 – Iron Pony
$3,300 – Westerville Golf
$40,000 – JP Morgan
$4,990 – Harris House (“Affordable” housing for senior citizens)
$8,110 – Capital City Millwork
$1,272 – KFC
$1,100 – NAPA Auto Parts
$6,092 – CVS Pharmacy
$1,135 – Jimmy V’s
$1,600 – Tim Horton’s
$1,734 – Arby’s
$3,220 – Taco Bell

McDonald's Tax Increase

How many Happy Meals or tacos or golf games or motorcycle helmets or bottles of aspirin or Iced Coffees must be bought to make up for all of the extra cost these business have to incur? They can’t absorb these costs so they must pass them along to you, the consumer, the taxpayer. By voting for Issue 59, you will also be forced to, in addition to your property taxes, pay this “Hidden Cost” of the tax levy.

And seriously, when the school district didn’t spend a dime of the emergency levy and will soon have $92,000,000 in the bank, they have proven that don’t need this extra money, anyway. They are doing just fine without it!

Issue 59 Raises taxes on the low-income elderly

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools is sharing the below chart to show how Issue 59 will affect low-income senior citizens if Issue 59 passes.

The Harris-Askins House “was built to meet the local need for housing for low-income senior citizens. (Harris-Adkins House website)” If Issue 59 passes, low-income senior citizens will have to pay an additional $19,900 in taxes over the next 5 years (based on an analysis of current taxes and the estimated cost of Issue 59).

Harris-Askins House tax Increase

Every year after 2021, Issue 59 will cost this business almost $5,000 per year affecting the affordability of their housing for low-income seniors.

The Westerville City School District will collect $83,000,000 from the 5 year emergency levy yet have $90,000,000 in the bank. With the school district flush with cash, isn’t it time to help our seniors and lower their cost of living?