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Canfield voters to decide on two levies

Published: Fri, January 28, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

By Kristine Gill



Canfield schools will try again in May to pass a 6.8-mill operating levy.

The board of education has approved two resolutions to place both an operating levy and a renewal levy on the ballot.

Board President Brian Kesner has high hopes both will win voter approval.

“We’re going to try to inform the citizenry to give back to them exactly what they need to know, and once they have that information, I’m confident it will pass,” Kesner said.

The first resolution places on the ballot a five-year, 1.6-mill emergency renewal levy first approved by voters in 1986. This renewal will not add new taxes, the board said. It would continue to generate $890,000 annually. It was last renewed five years ago.

The second resolution places a five-year, additional, 6.8-mill operating levy before voters that would generate $3.8 million annually. The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $17.35 a month for this operating levy, should it be approved.

“The board of education and administrators and staff and the committee will work very hard to explain and hold public forums and offer information that might help the community members understand the need,” Superintendent Dante Zambrini said.

An additional operating levy of the same millage failed in November by a vote of 3,653 to 5,097.

“Once the levy in November went down, it was a sign from the voters that they wanted us to tighten things up,” Kesner said. “And we already run a lean ship. I’ve always been proud that we do more with less here, but the voters weren’t comfortable with what was happening.”

The board members endorsed the superintendent and business manager’s recommendations to reduce ranks by 14 educators and 11 classified employees.

There are now 198 teachers and 104 classified staff, which includes positions such as cafeteria workers. There are 32 bus drivers.

Staff cuts will save an estimated $1.2 million and will be permanent since the district did not receive new revenue in the calendar year 2011.

“I honestly have no idea who those people are,” Kesner said of the 25 people who will be cut.

In addition, the district will realize a reduction of $300,000 through cuts in supply and equipment budgets as well as in savings through the Energy Education program.

Other cost-saving measures were reviewed.

Kesner said the board likely will schedule separate meetings from the monthly board meetings to have open forums for voters to answer any questions.


1lee(544 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

NO more taxes we have had enough STOP IT

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2Seeitcoming(10 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Show us the all-day kindergarten. ANd news Flash, most houses in town are not in the 100,000 dollar range.

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3JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow, Canfield schools didn't learn in November that asking for 6.8 mils in the current economy is too much.
I would have not problem voting for it if it was half of that amount, but 6.8 mils?

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4ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I have always judged localities by whether or not they pass levies. Come on everyone, let us pass this one. You know who doesn't pass levies? Places like Jackson-Milton or Mathews. We cannot become like that. Vote Yes!

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5JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Put a 1 mil levy on and it will pass - would that be ok then even though they want more?
6.8 mils is too much to ask.

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6walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I have always judged localities by whether they have a good standard of living. You know who doesn't pass levies? Communities with citizens that don't believee the BOE needs another nickel. Time for the teachers and staff to pony up more for their benefits as in the private sector. Canfield schools will not degrade if the levy doesn't pass because it is a system full of motivated students with parents that take an active role in their children's education. Cut busing to state minimum standards, especially at the high schools. These kids drive nicer cars to school than I do.

But, most importantly, until the Ohio Legislature changes the unconstitutional way we fund our schools, I will not pass another levy.

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7repeaters(313 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

It's the same game Poland Schools are playing folks. So here we go....put both levies on the ballot at the same time....the plan is people will vote for the renewal because the feeling is it won't cost me any more in taxes...that's one in the bank...the supporters will be voting for both levies and if they are able to swing some of those on the fence...bingo!!..both in the bank. Do your selves a favor, go to the next board meeting and ask them,'what happens when I can't afford to pay this anymore?' Then, look at the blank, dumb stares you get back!!!! VOTE TILL YOUR BROKE!!!!!

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8JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I did an approximate calculation, the levy would increase my property taxes roughly 11%.
I wonder if my employer would give me an 11% raise.
You would have thought Poland and Canfield would have learned something in November. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't every NEW tax issue in this area that was on the November ballot fail? Only renewal's passed.

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10DCDelta(1 comment)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I would stand behind the levy if the school stood behind each and everyone of the children no matter who they were but they don't. No child left behind is a bunch of bull. If your child is popular or good at sports, they will do everything they can to help them out academically but if your child is just a nobody who is struggling - they will sweep you under the rug - cut some of the sports out and think outside the box when it comes to transportation because half the kids at Canfield High School don't even ride the bus, even the Middle School kids get a ride to school. Less buses going longer routes and filled up would be cost effective, not as many bus drivers, not as much fuel.

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11RobertH(51 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I believe in Education. I believe everyone should have as much education they can take. And I believe it's part of my duty as a Citizen of the United States to pay for and support public education for children, and to subsidize continuing education for adults. <<BUT>> I don't believe I should pay for the waste and poor decisions of the education system, K-12, College, the University, and beyond.

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12lucy0898(7 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it's time the parents in Canfield stop hiding and tell the board the truth, we want the superintendent gone. He dismisses EVERY parent complaint or issue and then lables them a "troublemaker" for coming to him in the first place. Maybe they would have more money if they didn't spend so much in legal fees for the lawsuits they have against them. Get rid of him and his sidekick and maybe we'll "Show You The Money". The man was never qualified in the first place. He got the position based on some petition. His controlling personality, arrogance and lack of qualification has now destroyed an entire school district and community. No one trusts him or the school board. We are sick of him waving his "Excellence" award in our face. Guess what? The other schools have the same award and it's cheaper to live there. There is documented proof that he repeatedly tries to "strong arm" parents, teachers and the like! We have been living in a dictatorship for the last eight years. Until you get rid of him you can suffer like the rest of us. And by the way, the average home price in Canfield as of Jan. 19, 2011 is $239,560.00. How about if you calculate that on the stupid literature you send out. Another thought, how about if you let the parents know how much money you decided to pay for that "energy program" to teach you how to turn off lights and lower the heat in the schools. You send letters home to parents letting you know someone has "Pink Eye" but you can't send a letter home letting them know you lowered the heat in the school so they could dress their children appropriately. I bet the teachers would like to know as well. Leave the teachers alone and find another way to save a buck.

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13CanfieldFamily(2 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

We need to vote “no” where it counts: against the school board and NOT against the levy. If voters want to see change in the district, they need to examine why the problems exist. The school board has made the decision to cut 25 jobs in Canfield rather than to cut things like bus routes. This is not the change that voters should want. We should want a school district where our children are the number one priority. These cuts will ONLY impact the students and the level of education. Many of the classrooms already have nearly 30 students in them. Job cuts in the district stand to increase that number. Does that bring voter satisfaction, especially when such a negative impact in a school can eventually affect the property values? By combating the levy, voters only punish children and the community. We need to pass the levy and then take action where it counts.

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14valleygal(25 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Go to http://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/LinkC... to see the 2009 property tax rates for Mahoning County. The Canfield City tax rate is 80.02 / 1,000 vs. Austintown, for instance, at 91.35. Thus, a home with similar valuation would pay less tax in Canfield than it would in Austintown. Good schools help increase the sale ability of a home. If I didn't care about the schools, I would not have bought a home in Canfield. Yes, changes need made to the so-called "leadership", but that doesn't mean that we should neglect our children or our future. And seeitcoming who is calling for all day kindergarten - where do you propose to house at least four more classrooms for kindergartners and how do you propose to fund at least four new teachers needed to cover all day kindergarten?

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15JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The City of Canfield also has a 1% income tax vs. 0 for Austintown.

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16valleygal(25 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I believe that none of Canfield's city income tax goes to the schools. Some areas do have a school district income tax, Canfield does not.

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17apollo(1227 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

A common ploy is to break the amounts into smaller and smaller increments so that it doesn't appear to be so large. Carpeting companies do it by advertising the price in square feet rather than in square yards like they used to.

Apparently, school levies now operate on that same logic. Breaking it into monthly increments. Won't be long they'll tell us that 6.8 mils is only 45 cents a minute.

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18JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Valleygal, my point about the Canfield income tax is that the City of Canfield can take a lessor amount from real state taxes to operate the city, Austintown doesn't have an income tax, and would have to include all of it's operating costs in the real estate taxes, which is why Austintown has a higher real estate tax rate compared to Canfield.

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19ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Income tax goes to a city's General Fund, not to the school. Govt. auditing 101.

What really is surprising is how little ARRA Canfield School District received in FY 2010. Every school (yes, every) on Ohio received large amounts of ARRA money:

Canfield- $71,242
South Range- $234,144
Poland- $616,641
Niles- $2,271,635.
Austintown- $3,211,560
Youngstown- $8,641,533

Those are just a few.

I showed this link to a teacher I know and it was quite surprising to her. Just click on any county and the ARRA money data pops up. Definitely worth a look. I mean, why not, they are your tax dollars.


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20JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Apollo, I also noticed that. It gives the impression that it's "not much" of an increase.

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21JME(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Gov. auditing 101:

see post above yours.

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22spinman(70 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

So exactly when are these cuts to take place. My guess this is a ploy to pass the levies and then the talk of cuts will go away. Do you people realize that almost 90% of all dollars coming into the school system goes to salary and benefits. By passing these levies, this allows the staff to get more raises. When looking at salaries you need to add another 14 to 15 percent on top of that for strs. Does Canfirld allow for retire-rehire...another great scam within the educational system. People need to wake up and quit believing that your property values will be destroyed if these levies do not pass. I have news for you..your values are already down prior to any levy failing. You need to start seeing the unbelieveable salaries from administrators on down. Please educate yourselves before you vote. Go to buckeyeinstitue.org...you will be shocked to see the salaries and pension info.

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23CanfieldFamily(2 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Spinman, maybe you should educate YOURSELF before you vote. Those cuts to the school are PERMANENT. They are not a scare tactic. Even if the levy passes in May, those teachers are gone forever. If the levy doesn't pass, even more things will be cut throughout the district. Also, even if the levy passes, the teachers will be looking at no raises. The levy money has nothing to do with giving the employees raises; it will only keep the district running. Finally, the test scores in Canfield can only remain high so long. If you cut the teachers and the available programs, the scores will go down. If you think that lower test scores in a school district won't affect the property values, show me that town.

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24republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

82 percent of all money of the school district goes to teacher wages. Thus, 82 percent of the millage will go to wages. The state Ohio dictates schools to have 5 year spending plan, thus, the millage goes UP every time a levy fails.

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25valleygal(25 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Here is your chance to find out more about why Canfield needs the school levy to pass: There is a meeting to discuss the finances of Canfield Schools on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., in the High School Cafeteria. The public is invited.

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26valleygal(25 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Not sure if the 2/23 date is correct!! These are the meetings listed in the 2/17 Vindy:
March 14, at 7 p.m. in C.H. Campbell Elementary School gym.

March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Canfield High School cafeteria.

April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Canfield Village Middle School main gym.

April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Hilltop Elementary multi-purpose room.

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