Taxpayers for Westerville Schools

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Supreme Court Rules against Ballot Access

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools is disappointed by today’s ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court. Earlier today, the Court sided with a protest against the tax reduction levy and has kept Issue 52 off of the November ballot. Taxpayers for Westerville Schools would like to thank all 5,126 people who signed the petition to place this issue on the ballot. It was our decision to try to reduce the 2009 levy and there was no way to know that the reason used to stop the issue would have ever been a valid argument.

“It is hard to believe that the protest to the petition was even valid. Every ounce of your being knows that the 2009 tax levy was an increase,” stated Jim Burgess, spokesman for the group. “While we respect the Supreme Court’s decision, it is a tough decision to understand when you look at the actual circumstances behind the issue.”

A local resident protested the initially approved ballot issue. Even the Franklin County Board of Elections said their decision was “hard”; we had hoped that meant that in the face of a hard decision that you would side with the people and provide access to the voting booth. In addition to the local resident who filed the protest, the Westerville School District spent taxpayer money to oppose taxpayers. It was highly inappropriate for our school board to be in collusion with the protestor and use taxpayer monies against the taxpayer on this matter.

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools will continue working in the community to bring about fiscal sanity to our school district. It is a shame that our Board of Education doesn’t know how to put our children first – i.e. keeping programs and services and employees while balancing what the community can afford. District residents must continue to be active and supportive of fundamental change or the next levy they see will most likely be for $25,000,000 or more.

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools is a volunteer effort of local residents unaffiliated with any party or platform other than having schools operate in balance with the communities they serve.

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  • Mark Zetzer says:

    Concerned taxpayers in Shaker Heights, Ohio have been watching your case, and are very disappointed in this outcome. Looks like the school district won on a technicality in keeping your measure off the ballot. We plan to gather signatures next year to place our own school district property tax reduction measure on the November 2013 ballot. The rate here is already the highest in the state at 3.6% of property value, yet the school system has achieved only an “effective” or mediocre ranking. Please let us know how Shaker taxpayers may avoid a similar fate of being denied ballot access for a tax reduction vote. Keep up the good fight for fiscal responsibility and public school parity with the taxpayers who fund it.