North Canton School District Plans Levy for May 7

The Board of Education agreed to ask voters for a 2.4 mill levy in May, which would be used to improve the district's buildings and buses

Voters in North Canton now have a school levy to consider on the May ballot.

The Canton Repository recently reported the North Canton Board of Education approved a 2.4-mill permanent improvement levy for the ballot on May 7.

The continuous levy would generate about $1.44 million annually and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $73 per year, according to the Canton Repository.

You can read the newspaper's full report here.

“Our infrastructure is in serious need of attention, but there are limited funds to address this issue,” Superintendent Michael Hartenstein told the Akron Beacon Journal last week. “We are also behind on technology. We must give our students a 21st century education with 21st century tools.” 

The Canton Repository reported that the money will not go toward staff salaries, which is usually done through a general-operating tax.

jim January 24, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Boo Hoo my bus is not new! So what if not ALL the buses were purchased new. I have purchased many used vehicles and they can be a great value especially if you are on a limited budget which the school system should be on. My computer is a used one turned in by a large corporation that gets the latest and greatest ever couple years. It is just fine for a home office and a good used computer is just fine for some grade schoolers to look up a bio of George Washington on. Want to free up some $ for school computers? Consolidate some of these director of this and director of that positions in the school system. I do look at many sources of information on the schools. You see it through your lens and I though mine.
Diane January 24, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I actually do see a lot of it from your point of view. I believe we may just see some changes in personnel. My point was not to say they should purchase new busses. My point was that they were making wise choices. The fact is, so many rushed to vote no on SB 5, the teacher salary and benefits issue sits squarely in the taxpayers pockets. I don't ever see it changing.
jim January 24, 2013 at 07:10 PM
It is in the taxpayer pocket to pay but without much say. The union salary and benefits issue is a rigged game. Practically speaking one side of the negotiating table really has little power to say no. This is because the education union lobbies have coerced legislators to set up the bargaining/arbitration system to favor the union. It is like the old expression about paying whatever price they want as long as you can name the terms. There are however things that can be done even under these circumstances if the people/person in charge has the back bone to do it. You mentioned one of personnel changes.Look for the player on the school side of the chess board to make a token nickel dime change to boast they sacrificed and now we should up our tax $100 a year more.
James May 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM
The whole funding system with schools needs fixed, make sure everyone pays their fair share like in Pennsylvania where it comes out of your weekly or biweekly paychecks based on the address on your driver's license (simple fix) and property tax is still a separate tax. As a school district, you either spend the money you get by the end of the year or lose it, which breeds wasteful and inefficient spending practices. They need to budget for inflation and keep teacher's salaries and benefits in check with the private sector. I'm just glad this school actually teaches kids how to read and pass the proficiency tests. Imagine funding a school in academic and fiscal emergency and you then have to send your kids to a $10 to 20K+ a year private school plus pay taxes to a poorly functioning public school system. Think about that for a moment.
jim May 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM
James Funding for school is messed up. Elderly who have paid enormous amounts in property taxes, way beyond what it cost to educate their kids, are shouldering an unfair share. There needs to be a cap on how much a person has to pay for school taxes at which point the tuition comes from the parents. Taking $ from a tax payer’s left pocket, (payroll) and from their right pocket, (property) is not a solution. Getting spending under control by throttling the education unions and government regulations will.


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