A little while ago Modern wrote about the Princeton school district’s plan to put forward a tax levy to compensate for the massive cut in funding under Kasich’s proposed budget and to save important programs at their schools.

It looks like Gahanna already knew what was coming and they are planning the same thing.

This flyer was sent home with kids today at Gahanna schools that warns of the problems the district will be facing if they can’t pass a new levy to bring in new funding for their school. Without it they will likely eliminate busing for high school students, fire 50+ teachers, charge kids $200 to participate in sports, eliminate PE, art and music classes and dump honor and AP classes.

( ht meatstack for the document and info! )

I hope you see what is happening here.

Kasich promised not to raise taxes in his budget and by not raising state income taxes he feels like he can claim he fulfilled this promise. But his budget cuts 25% of state funding to localities and tons of cash to libraries and schools who need that money to run. The result, as we are already seeing, is going to be an increase in local taxes to pay for these services.

Fact: when John Kasich says he isn’t increasing your taxes he’s lying. He knows for a fact you will be paying more in taxes over the next two year. But since someone else at the local level is going to get blamed he just doesn’t care.

Gahanna levy threats

  • David from Hilliard

    In the five years of the state income tax reduction passed under Governor Taft, my wife and I saved a combined $416, based on our adjusted gross income.

    During the same time, our property taxes in Hilliard rose nearly 50% – from $5,800 to $7,400. There were levies for schools, libraries, mental health – and the primary justification given was the cut in state funding.

    Ergo, my wife and I ended up not with a $416 gain, but a $1,200 loss.

    Taxes on income to be are the fairest taxes, because they go up or down based on how much money we make.

    On the other hand, my property is generating zero dollars for me. And in fact, given the downtown of recent years, I probably could not even get the same price as I paid. Yet my property is valued at several thousand dollars higher than when I bought it in 2003.

    So make no mistake – everyone will ultimately pay more taxes, not less, in this new state budget.

    At the same time, we’ll be getting less in the way of services.

    I think we should consider changing our state motto from “With God, all things are possible” to “You’re on your own, sweetie.”

  • You need to be pairing this coverage with the exponential increase being given to “school choice” – the suggestion that David Brennan would take Deb DeLisle’s job isn’t farfetched.

  • This was, of course, already going to be on the ballot. Even with no state funding cut GJPS was going to be running a deficit (because tea-party types kept voting down previous efforts. They were just shrewd enough to realize that the situation would be even worse because of Kasich–so it was a pre-emptive Kasich levy.

  • Ellenewalker

    You are wrong about Gahanna’s levy being a reaction to the Kasich budget cuts. Gahanna had this levy on last fall, before Kasich was elected.

    You were also wrong when you posted a story that the Bob Evans facility slated for New Albany was already under construction. What you saw on the east side of Beech Rd. is construction for a different business. Bob Evans will be construted on the WEST side of Beach, between Smith’s Mill Rd. and Rt.161. Ground has not yet been broken for the facility.

  • I stopped and talked to the construction crew. True, there is another set of buildings going up next door – but guys clearing the site told me they were working on Bob Evans and I took them at their word.

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