Taxpayers for Westerville Schools

Putting children and their education first and uniting the community…

Tax Reduction

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools was disappointed by the ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court. Click here for details.

 


 

THE PETITION DRIVE WAS SUCCESSFUL, THANK YOU!!! Click here to see details about the results.

 


 

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools has started a petition drive to reduce our taxes by 6.71 mils!

Since 2009, members of our group have been calling for restrained spending to keep our schools sustainable without hurting the community.  As we all know, this has not happened.  Spending has increased at an unsustainable rate and has put our schools on a damaging path.

It is time to take back control of our schools.

Why this reduction effort?

Analysis of the Westerville School District’s spending proves that, with proper fiscal management, the interests and rights of all interested parties – STUDENTS, employees and, equally important, you the taxpayer – can be fairly represented.  It has been proven, time and time again, that fair wages and good benefits can be provided to district employees while providing our children with a good education without breaking the back of the taxpayer. Consider:

  1. Westerville School District residents now have the highest tax rate in Franklin and Delaware counties.
  2. The district has awarded many staff wage increases of 43% in 6 years (in the middle of a recession).
  3. Contrary to statements made, many administrators have seen wage increases more than once in 3 years.
  4. The district overpaid the “Win-Win” contract by almost $1,000,000 – due to a lack of oversight.
  5. A simple change in the healthcare plan will save the taxpayers over $4,100,000 per year.
  6. By not agreeing to other, approved contracts, the WEA will cost the school district $1,200,000 in potential savings.
  7. The administrators pay nothing towards their retirement.  Just paying their share would result in over $600,000 in savings.
  8. We are seeing evidence of possibly paying 250% or more than market rate for certain utilities.
  9. The taxpayer is still paying part of the WEA union representatives’ salary – who has ZERO class time.
  10.  The WEA cost the district $100,000 by not agreeing to participate in the “Race to the Top” program.
  11. Contract negotiations and levy passage show savings and income EQUAL to the expected budget deficit yet the district still raised pay-to-play fees, cut busing, cut employees and cut our children’s education.

 

On top of all of this, there are many more reasons why we should demand more effective management. Is it reasonable to expect Westerville taxpayers to pay even more when:

  • ONE-THIRD of the students are receiving free or reduced lunch?
  • Tax revenue delinquencies have been rising for years and are now the highest seen in recent history?
  • Homes are being lost, foreclosed on and abandoned at an alarming rate?
  • Home values (even with rising property taxes from passed levies in 2006 and 2009) HAVE DECLINED?

 

Taxpayers for Westerville Schools has presented dozens of ideas for savings to the Board of Education proving that we can have a great school district with sustainable spending that doesn’t call for raising taxes every 2 to 3 years.  We have the expertise needed to make a positive difference – one of our members saved the district over $28,000,000 – just 2 years ago.

The school district’s poor fiscal management abilities are a weight on the back of struggling taxpayers.  We need to ease that burden.  This tax reducing effort will help accomplish that objective!

If you would like to sign the petition, you can find us at the Westerville Public Library every Saturday in July, from 9 AM to 1 PM and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you would like to circulate the petition, contact us at petition@taxpayersforwestervilleschools.com

 

 

  • Taxpayers Admin says:

    I hope all will join us to bring balance to the community, not just our schools. We have to understand that our community is NOT JUST about the schools, it is about the community as a whole. Families are suffering under the burden that the school district is placing on them and we need a change to ease that burden.

    • Taxpayers Admin says:

      Thank You.

      May 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM
  • Sassy Patriot says:

    Congratulations to your group. We would love to work with you to accomplish the same recall in our area. As we all know, the trend of spending in by government schools is unsustainable. The taxpayers do not have enough money to satisfy the “beast.”

  • Occupy repeal petition says:

    Will you be circulating door to door or will the petition be available at specific locations? Please post info on how we can sign.

  • Columbus Resident, Westerville School Dist says:

    Thank you for tsking this on. Westerville is playing games with our money and not reconciling their own fiscal responsibility. Please don’t forget to petition the part of the school district that resides in the city of Columbus with a Gahanna zip! Enough is enough.

  • Bill Linden says:

    I’m 60 years old and have live in Westerville for 29 years. Because of the high taxes I’m being ran out of Westerville. After 29 years my wife and I are looking at moving elsewhere. Spending has got to stop!!!

  • Vicki L. McShane says:

    I’m thrilled to know that there are groups like this to fight the high raising taxes within our school district. Where do I sign?

  • Elizabeth Jones says:

    We need our hard earned money.Its sad when the house is paid off & your not sure where your going to get the money for food let alone more for another SCHOOL LEVY.
    Lets make this happen, where do we sign?????

  • ryan williams says:

    As expected, we only found out that Columbus owes us over a million dollars in the bogus won win scam. Dr. Good and the board knew about this long before and you can bet if that news had come our before the vote it would have been downed again. The district is wasteful of tax money and needs to be forced to be responsible. In any case, you are definately going to see ANOTHER levy request by 2014. Bet on it.

  • Mary Medors says:

    Petitions are available at the Library and the Sports Complex (SW corner of Cleveland and County Line) every Saturday during June from 9 AM to noon.

  • Tired of Property Taxes says:

    It would be great if you pressured the govenor to uphold the Ohio Supreme Court that ruled years ago that the property taxes were an unfair method of paying for schools. I also don’t think it is fair for people who do not own property or for college students to be voting on property tax levies. I would be in favor of a sales tax then everyone pays fairly plus the people who come to the state of Ohio for conventions and etc.