Public Schools’ Lobbyists…Taxpayers funding their own demise

We were sent a news article dealing with a proposed change in the ballot language regarding local property taxes.  Here is the article: News Article on Derek Merrin’s proposed legislation

We asked State Representative Derek Merrin (47th District – Toledo Area) for a copy of his bill.  Here is what he sent to us:  Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act

Here are some excerpts from the news article:
“Merrin said his bill’s overall goal is to increase transparency in the process of seeking property tax increases or renewals.  Many voters don’t understand what mills are, or how taxable value relates to a property’s actual value,,..

You shouldn’t need to bring a calculator to vote. And currently, you have to bring a calculator and have a knowledge of the Ohio Revised Code to understand how these levies impact voters,” he said.”

Since the proposed legislation was going to simplify the ballot language for taxpayers, LFC was , and still is, in total support of the legislation. 

So what is the problem?  Did you know that public school administrators have lobbyists that fight proposed legislation that tries to simplify ballot language for any property tax issues?  You will find this paragraph in the news article:

“Barbara Shaner, a lobbyist for the professional association that represents public school administrators, said Merrin’s proposed language doesn’t capture the complexities of how property taxes are calculated, like rollbacks, or the differences in how residential, agriculture and commercial properties are valued.”

Hmmmm image

 When reading this our “antenna went up”, and we wondered if the taxpayers were funding their own demise?  Could taxpayers’ property taxes collected for the public schools be used to hire lobbyists to thwart our State legislators, who are trying to make school tax levies easier for the voters to understand?

That sent us on another mission to determine how much Lake County schools spend on lobbyists.  We asked each Lake County school to provide us with information on how much is spent either directly with lobbyists, or with Associations that use lobbyists.

Here are the responses we have received to date:

Riverside:  Total Payments: $13,215.40  Riverside Association payments

Kirtland:  Total Payments: $9,680.44  Kirtland Association Payments

Mentor: Total Payments: $15,809.88  Mentor Association Payments

clapping image Many thanks to these three schools for their quick response and transparency with the voters.

Madison would not send us the information via email and required us to come to the school and get the information directly from the documents – perhaps the thinking was that we would have dropped our request if obstacles were placed in our way.  On the third visit, we discovered that they spent $6,426 with The Ohio Association of School Business Officials.   Although their office workers were cordial and helpful, we want the Treasurer to know that we would have “crawled through glass” to get the information.

Here is the email received from Willoughby-Eastlake Schools:
Emails Received from WE Schools
We are are still waiting to hear from them on our follow-up question.

thumbs down image

It certainly seems to LFC that taxpayers are funding their own demise.

If you are interested in expressing your concern to your local school here is the contact information for all nine public school districts in Lake County.  Please take the time to express yourself to the school officials.  What do you have to lose?….Oh, wait we know what you can lose – your house that you have worked all your life to achieve!

LC Public School Contact Information





Categories: Education, Lake, Uncategorized


20 replies

  1. I have learn a few excellent stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how so much effort you put to create any such fantastic informative site.

  2. I cling on to listening to the reports lecture about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some?

  3. Thank you for your whole efforts on this web page. Kate really loves engaging in research and it is simple to grasp why. My spouse and i learn all of the compelling manner you provide powerful items by means of the website and as well as improve response from other individuals on the point so my simple princess is undoubtedly becoming educated so much. Take advantage of the remaining portion of the new year. You have been doing a superb job.

  4. I have been checking out a few of your articles and i can claim pretty good stuff. I will surely bookmark your blog.

  5. I’ve recently started a site, the information you provide on this web site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  6. A person essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I amazed with the research you made to create this particular publish incredible. Excellent job!

  7. Whats Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help other customers like its aided me. Good job.

  8. you’re actually a excellent webmaster. The web site loading pace is incredible. It sort of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a wonderful activity on this topic!

  9. You need to know the truth on the map.

  10. It’s easy to clean.Scrolling Davis is very popular among Switzerland and manufacturers (W 20026).

  11. This plane is limited by the BC3 package.

  12. You completed various good points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found the majority of persons will have the same opinion with your blog.

  13. 376203 998303Hey there! Great stuff, do maintain us posted when you finally post something like that! 49281

  14. 599376 316307Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a outstanding job! 602606

  15. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  16. Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  17. 414884 991651Rattling clean web website , appreciate it for this post. 924197

  18. We need more informed voters….

  19. Amazing how in every area we are taxed, they use our tax money to be sure they can keep us confused; into believing More and More Money is the answer. I guess we are richer than we know? Or just the opposite of smart!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: