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October 12, 2011

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www.oakwoodregister.com School Board School board against proposed voucher program By Dawn Beigel Oakwood Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night in opposition to the pro- posed Ohio House Bill 136—The PACT Scholarship (School Choice Voucher)—which would essential- ly allow students to attend private/ parochial schools at their district's expense via a voucher program. Any student, whether in public or private school, could apply for a voucher. However, by transfer- ring public funds to support private education, public schools would have fewer resources to educate its students. Furthermore, students who receive a voucher would be able to retain any excess funds if the cost of tuition is less than the amount of the voucher. Members of the Oakwood School Board recently met with Rep. Jim Butler to obtain more information about the proposed bill, as well as ask his opinion if they should oppose it, according to treasurer Kevin Philo. Board member Michael Miller said Butler indicated he does not feel HB 136 would dramatically affect Oakwood. District leaders asked questions and expressed to Butler their concerns in a produc- tive meeting, according to Board president Elizabeth Reger. The Board's resolution to oppose the bill as it is currently proposed also includes opposition to "any legislation that seeks to transfer public dollars to support private education," it states. Another provision of the bill says that vouchers would be granted based on family income ($95,000 or less) instead of the academic performance of a stu- dent's public school. HB 136 passed out of the House Education Committee, on which Butler serves, and awaits a vote from the entire House. In other legislation at their Monday meeting, the Oakwood School Board: • Employed Jackie Heyl as high school library aide. She is a gradu- ate of Wright State University and the University of Dayton. • Employed Elizabeth Molinaro as ESL tutor (as needed basis). She See Voucher on page 8 u District golf team: Jack Kegelmeyer, Tripp French, Austin Wells, Patrick Ireland and Alex Marquis. A message about the upcoming 2.72 mill renewal levy On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Oakwood residents will vote on whether to renew an existing 2.72 mill property tax. If renewed, the issue will con- tinue to generate the same dollars that it generated when first approved in 1991. It will not raise taxes. The city has not raised income or property taxes over the past 20 years. In fact, we lowered property taxes in 2008 when Oakwood City Council allowed a 5.5 mill property tax levy to expire. This 2.72 mill issue is the only voted property tax that supports city pro- vided services. Over the past 20 years, this 2.72 mill issue has cost the owner of a home appraised at $200,000 about $89 per year. In total, the tax levy generates approximately $457,000 annually. That money, combined with income tax, estate tax and vari- ous fees, is used to pay for your local city services and public infrastruc- ture. The pie chart above shows the four general categories of revenue that our city receives. These revenues pay for police, fire and emergency medical services; roadway and infrastructure maintenance; public works; parks and recreation; and community ambiance investments. Of special note is the extent to which estate taxes have paid for city services and public infra- structure. While the city is the sole recipi- ent of local income taxes, this is not the case with property taxes. The pie chart on the right shows how your residential real estate taxes are distributed. Note that the city only receives 6¢ of each residential prop- erty tax dollar paid in Oakwood. Although not related to the 2.72 mill issue, this past June, the State of Ohio passed a budget bill that eliminates the estate tax effective Jan. 1, 2013. With repeal of this tax, it is clear that we will need to decide how to either significantly cut our local government expenses (i.e., cut ser- vices) or find new revenues, or some combination of the two. Beginning early next year, our city leaders will embark on a series of community discussions regarding the loss of this estate tax. Information and opinions attained through these community discussions will be considered by the budget review committee and city council as part of a comprehensive analysis of city services, expenses and revenue enhancing options. Regarding the 2.72 mill renewal, our Oakwood citizen budget review committee strongly recommends a YES vote. The committee, city coun- cil and city staff recognize that excel- lent city services are critical to the quality of life in Oakwood and that the money generated by this existing levy is essential to continuing to pro- vide those services. If you have any questions about the 2.72 mill issue or city finances in general, please contact me at 298-0600 or klopsch@ oakwood.oh.us Norbert Klopsch Oakwood City Manager OHS golf team headed to State The Oakwood golf team is mak- ing its third straight Division II State Tournament appearance this week at Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury. The young district team, consist- ing of two juniors and three soph- omores, captured the Southwest District crown last Thursday with a team score of 309. The team was six strokes down after nine holes, but rallied on the back nine to beat the field of twelve teams by six strokes. Sophomore Tripp French led the team with a one over par total of 73 and junior Alex Marquis made three straight birdies on the closing holes to seal the deal for the Jacks. The Jacks will tee it up Friday at 10 a.m. with Canton Central Catholic and Chillicothe Union. Arts - 2 & 3 Education - 8 Sports - 11-13 & 16 What's Up - 14 POlice Report -14 Find Us On

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