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School Board OKs Levy for May 7 Ballot — So What's Next?

Michael Hartenstein, superintendent of North Canton City Schools, said the levy campaign will kick off soon

The 2.4 mill permanent improvement levy got the green light from North Canton school officials, so what's next?

Members of the North Canton City Schools Board of Education met during a special meeting Monday morning and gave the official thumbs-up on the levy, which will be used to improve the district's buildings and buses.

"(The) meeting was to approve the updated board exhibit originating from the January 22 meeting," Hartenstein said. "The updated exhibit contained the tax valuation numbers from the county auditor. ... The board is required to vote on the updated tax language so that it may be sent to the county board of elections along with the proposed ballot language."

"As far as where we go from here ... we are putting together levy information and will be contacting individuals to assist us with a campaign. We likely won't have concrete details until the end of this week or the first of next week."

Meanwhile, North Canton Patch readers continue their discussion about the levy.

Here are a few things readers have said this past week:

  • Diane: "I am still very upset with the prior administration's decision to realign our schools post-levy, making some certainly unwise decisions financially. I am also very upset to see how long our district has neglected spending money on the things they really need, and forgoing this permanent improvement levy years ago, when they were advised it was going to be needed in the wake of the many budget cuts by the state."
  • Jennifer R.: "It costs my family of 5 approximately $70 to go out to dinner. I can forgo one of those a year to transfer that money to support our school buses and buildings. The levy has nothing to do with administration/staff salaries."
  • Joan Ferris: "Before stating an opinion on the levy, taxpayers need to find out the why behind the levy. The state BOE is enforcing new mandates without any of their financial support. The state keeps taking money away from us. Talk with some of the people on the board or in the administration."
  • Fred Benson: "Why doesn't everyone complain to Columbus? They are the ones cutting school budgets and moving the cost of operating to the local schools. You are not getting a reinvestment of your state tax dollars because the Gov is balancing the books on the back's of the schools . Have any of you complained? Why not? Hold our state leaders accountable for not following the courts order."
Julie January 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Whats next is smaller paychecks and not enough money for us to live on...... Not only NO but ummmm NO!!!
Fred Benson January 29, 2013 at 02:30 PM
One thing about this levy. Technology is always changing. Just as you change your cell phones,computers,tablets the schools have to keep up. As for the buildings, do your homes need to be maintained? Pay me now or pay me later is life's rule. Your choice.
helen January 29, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Note to Mr Hartenstein: this town has been hit hard by the Hoover Co closing, the economy, the copious taxes in the health care bill affecting everyone not protected by unions from young people to seniors. It is an affront to ignore the unemployment/part time employment suffered by N.Canton homeowners, who, are trying to hold on to their homes w/ rising costs all around them, including property taxes. Utility bills will be going up as the coal mines are closed down. Groceries are up----everything is going up but salaries.This is not the North Canton of 15-25 years ago or beyond. The unions changed this school system, not for the better but at least your employees are economically stable. You will receive no taxes from empty houses and/or homeowners rushing to sell perhaps to parties not able to meet their new financial obligation, losing the house & starting the cycle again. In the meantime the property value drops when a house is in disrepair. Real-estate taxes in several neighborhoods are too high already, given this scenario. Our family votes---no.
jim January 29, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Fred A cell phone would be nice but I cannot afford a cell phone with my tax load so I do just fine with a land line. Some of us have to budget Fred and save up for a new roof with what our employers give us. Our employers do not feel obligated to pay us more because the shingles on our house are fading. I am choosing to vote NO on this levy.
helen January 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM
North Canton Patch, I am surprised. Out of 4 comments cited, only one was against the levy. Is that all you could find? My guess is ---no.
Morgan Day (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM
A couple good comments from Facebook: Cory King: Biggest concern without hearing actual details is why must this be a continuous "permanent" levy. Hoping concerned tax payers begin to pay more attention to the fine print associated with all of the tax increases that continue to be thrown our way. Matt Wilson: The schools are the reason North Canton is what it is. Even if you don't have kids, you have to acknowledge that fact. Real estate here is desirable because of the schools and if a few more dollars on my mortgage each month is what it takes to keep it that way (or even improve it) then so be it.
jim February 01, 2013 at 12:07 AM
helen Good observation on the media bias on tax issues. The Repository never met a tax issue they did not indorse.

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