Why Do Schools Keep Asking for Money?…we are way past the 3 R’s

Our last analysis of the Lake County Property Taxes by political sub-division revealed that ~68% of all property taxes (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3)  are for schools.

We wanted to make everyone aware of a book,  given to us by a school source, dealing with public school issues and property taxes.   We have copied the pages (sorry, but you will have to rotate the pages, or print them out to read)

Here is the cover of the book illustrating how the school expenditures never go down, while the property taxes periodically must increase to generate new revenue to keep pace with the expenditures.

Ohio School Finance Blue Book

Here are pages 68 – 77 of the book, and the headings for the cost increases.

Why Do Schools Keep Asking for Money

  1. Legal Requirements and other unfunded mandates
  2. Inflation
  3. Expanded Services
  4. Services for Special Students
  5. Improved Benefits for School Personnel
  6. Technology
  7. Substitute Teacher Costs
  8. Community (Charter) Schools, Electronic Schools, Vouchers
  9. Property Tax Abatements
  10. Property Tax Exemptions
  11. Current Agricultural Use Value

Here is an excerpt dealing with “Expanded Services”, and confirms what we have been saying in previous articles:

“The function of the school in American society is constantly expanding.  Schools are under constant pressure from their publics to expand services.  All-day kindergarten, pre-school, daycare, more extra-curricular opportunities, HIV education, expanded bus service and lunch programs are among the areas of current demand.  In some cases, the changing nature of families requires that schools perform services for children, which traditional families – a rapidly diminishing segment of our population – used to perform.  In other cases, schools or the public recognize areas where schools, by providing the right services at the right time, can be cost effective and improve the child’s education and life.”  (emphasis added)

(LFC Comments: So what does all this mean?

We can debate what the loss of the traditional family will mean for society in the future. However, when we read about the Social, Emotional Learning standards currently creeping into the curriculum, we are concerned that the State is taking over for the family, and indoctrination can take place.

If schools’ expenditures continue to increase, regardless of the reason, and the homeowner’s or renter’s annual income does not keep pace with the increases, then they will eventually be paying more than their Housing Affordability Threshold % of 30%.  When we add in the other local property tax issues for police, fire, roads, local administration costs, county administration costs, and the plethora of non-profits feeding at the trough, we can envision the tsunami that is about to wipe seniors out of their homes.

you decide

At what point does the taxpayer “throw up their hands” and say no more? Is paying 40% of your annual income for property taxes acceptable?  How about 50% or 60%?

When do seniors, and others living on fixed incomes become a “protected class”?

LFC will start talking to our State Representatives to see what can be done.  We will keep everyone posted.)

Categories: Lake, Real Estate Taxes, Uncategorized


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