Willoughby-Eastlake School Levy…Just say NO

Here is an opinion expressed in the News-Herald about Seniors and property tax levies.

Voting no on W-E Schools levy:

I have never had children in the Willoughby-Eastlake School system, but have always gone out on voting day and supported the schools by voting yes for the levies.

I understand that having a good school system is important to the cities.

However, I picked up the paper the other day and noticed the article about “early voting begins for Aug. 6 school levy.”

My first reaction was that they were trying to sneak it in. My second reaction was … not again! We just passed a levy that created three new top of- the-line schools for students.

I understand that levy was only for the construction of those schools (and they were needed) but if you were going to be in financial straits why did we?

Many people like me are on a fixed income. Our Social Security rarely goes up. Our taxes however, keep going up. (emphasis by LFC)

Also, from what I understand (I could be wrong) there is no ending date on this levy.

So does that mean you can renew it without have the taxpayers vote on it?

I am voting no for this levy and urging people I know to also vote no.

Laurel Kantz Eastlake Editor’s note: The Willoughby-Eastlake School District levy on the Aug. 6 ballot is a continuing levy. It will not require renewal.  (emphasis added by LFC)

(LFC Comment: Taxpayers are starting to wake up to what we have been saying for quite some time about the ever increasing property taxes.  For the Willoughby-Eastlake school superintendent, Steve Thompson, to place a CONTINUING LEVY, on a special election during the summer when taxpayers may not be watching close enough, is in our opinion, shameful.)

Categories: Lake, Real Estate Taxes, Uncategorized, Willoughby


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  10. Thank you for your comments. One correction – our research shows that Lake County schools get 68% of all property taxes. (Class 1, 2 and 3)
    We have stated that if we stay on the current path of ever increasing property taxes, we will price seniors and those living on fixed incomes out of their homes that they have worked all their lives to achieve. Home ownership is just an illusion we are merely renting from the government because of the property taxes.

  11. He is a spender! I worked for the district for over 16 years. When we found out who we our new super intendant was going to be we were told the home owners in Steve Thompson’s old district were glad to see him go. That their taxes were out of control. Well he came in and told us all we were going to be finger printed and if they found anything in our past no matter when it was they could fire us. For anything like stealing, a dui etc. Then he almost immediately sold our bus fleet. And now we are at the mercy of the company he sold them to. He put a lot of Willoughby Eastlake employees out of work . He closed and sold McKinley elementary and sold the school for ( I believe was $1.00) We have passed levy after levy. But he keeps spending new schools left and right, They built a brand new South High , but there are not enough class rooms for all the classes. A senior had to walk over to the old South High building for a class. So south was not good enough for the high school students but it was for the middle school students. Not to mention somehow he purchased a brand NEW fleet of vehicles for what looks like for all departments including a judge new dump truck. Oh yea he can fire any employee if they had a DUI anytime in their past ( even if it was 20 years ago) but he got a DUI while he was our super intendant and cried to the board and he was handled with kid gloves. All he does is spend and spend. I even heard by someone at the Board of Education that he was interviewing at another school district. I guess he makes a habit of digging the school district into a deep hole then running. It’s sad. He will keep spending. We pay a lot in taxes and 80% of what we pay goes to the school district! Look at your pie chart for your taxes you will be shocked at how much the schools get and the new March 17, 2020 levy ( which has been postponed) is for 10 years! That is a long levy. He threatens to take hints from the kids but he is the one who caused this. He likes to spend and spend. And he will just leave. Find a new job!

  12. We believe in giving a forum to both sides of any issue.

  13. Hi, i just want to share a little story of my experience with this levy and how it is affecting me. Its my first year of marching band and i’ve enjoyed it a lot! Then school season started and I personally didn’t know they had an August levy. But the November levy broke me the most. Its hard that your parents can’t attend your band concert because it is during school and only students can go too. I may just be some kid that doesn’t really know about taxes. But please the band is getting affected by this the most. We have so much fun making music for the football games, were all nice people. You may have to pay more taxes, but please. Find it in your heart to give the band, clubs, theater what they need to live. Me saying this, if band is gone, I dont know what to do with my life, it would just be blank. I hope this somewhat changed someones mind.

  14. Please let us know asap as we know a large no. of people that are tired of being gouged !!

  15. We will reach out to local citizens to see if they are available.

  16. where can we get vote no yard signs for the upcoming election

  17. They seem to be out of control…

  18. This is a permanent increase and as Steve Thompson said “They will be back for four more increases” When will the school be accountable. We need someone to step in and figure what is going on. They need an audit. Please say No!

  19. Ask Superintendent Thompson why he allowed the treasurer to tell two groups of citizens, that were attending meetings about the levy, that the cost of the levy was only 43,000 dollars. They mislead the groups by failing to inform them that this number is only the first part of the cost. Once the ballot is finished, the school system will owe the voting commission approximately another 20,000 dollars. Making the real cost of the special election around 63,000. Which was the price first mentioned by attendees at the school board meeting and the special levy meeting.

  20. Today at 12:15 p.m. on 1330 a.m. and 101.5 f.m.,  Superintendent Thompson is the guest. The discussion will be the August 6th levy vote.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  21. They must have learned from Riverside how to sneak these Levy’s in.

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