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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:
- Westerville School District residents now have the highest tax rate in Franklin and Delaware counties.
- The district has awarded many staff wage increases of 43% in 6 years (in the middle of a recession).
- Contrary to statements made, many administrators have seen wage increases more than once in 3 years.
- The district overpaid the “Win-Win” contract by almost $1,000,000 – due to a lack of oversight.
- A simple change in the healthcare plan will save the taxpayers over $4,100,000 per year.
- By not agreeing to other, approved contracts, the WEA will cost the school district $1,200,000 in potential savings.
- The administrators pay nothing towards their retirement. Just paying their share would result in over $600,000 in savings.
- We are seeing evidence of possibly paying 250% or more than market rate for certain utilities.
- The taxpayer is still paying part of the WEA union representatives’ salary – who has ZERO class time.
- The WEA cost the district $100,000 by not agreeing to participate in the “Race to the Top” program.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org