Taxpayers for Westerville Schools was surprised by the Franklin County Board of Elections decision to remove Issue 52 (the 6.71 mill tax REDUCTION ballot issue) from the ballot today. (September 4, 2012)
The residents of the district worked very hard to collect 5,126 signatures to put the issue on the ballot. However, the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) agreed with a protestor, seemingly, over one word – “Replacement.” The protestor stated that the issue could not be placed on the ballot because it was reducing a “Replacement” levy from 2009. Yet EVERYTHING indicated that this levy was an increase in our taxes – the school said it was, our tax bill said it was, the newspaper reported it as such… And yet, the 2009 ballot language said it was a replacement of “voted” millage, instead of “effective” (or actually charged) millage. We were given no explanation as to why the BOE decided to agree with the protest.
While we are disappointed by this decision, it is being appealed to the Ohio State Supreme Court. We feel that the Supreme Court will take a deeper look at the details behind the levy and the law and do hope that they will side with the taxpayer’s right to vote on the issue. The issue should be settled before September 22nd, so stay tuned. We will continue to update our website and FaceBook page with information of interest to the taxpayers of this District.
We will also continue our efforts to help resolve the spending problems of the current Board of Education and the District Administration – while keeping our children’s education – FIRST!
Thank you for your continued support!