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Boardman Township’s addiction

Published: Mon, July 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Boardman Township’s addiction

Aug. 2, Boardman Township will once again ask the taxpayers to dig even deeper into pockets that are tapped out — based upon the myth that crime is rampant (which was debunked by a recent Vindicator article).

Just as you wouldn’t provide more drugs to the drug addict, the voters shouldn’t give more tax money to the people who have been poor stewards of the tax dollars provided over the years. The wasteful spending is well documented. Contracts that the state audit succinctly says paid the township employees 20 percent more than peer communities. $200,000 to get CALEA certification. At least $50,000 for a police substation that is now closed. Another $50,000 for this special election when they could have waited just 3 months for November’s regular election. The list goes on and on.

Even as the township cries poor, recent actions show their total disdain for those footing the bills. The new fire chief in his two-year contract received six weeks of paid vacation per year and was permitted to carry over his sick time from his old position in Howland. Perks that nobody working outside the public sector gets.

Two years ago the taxpayers said yes to a 2 mill-levy that was supposed to add 10 new cops. They added none. Do you really believe the promises this time are any different? As a famous proverb once said, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Vote no on Aug. 2.

Bill Johnson, Boardman

First, stop the government waste

It’s been said over and over that cuts should be made to Social Security and Medicare to seniors because of he national debt. We worked for these benefits; that’s our money.

The politicians in Washington and elsewhere in this country never mention anything about cuts in their wages or health care, which comes from our tax dollars. Their travels are charged to the government. Where does that money come from? Our tax dollars. Put a stop to the waste, and debt will be paid off in a month.

They even dare to talk about stopping the pay checks of the veterans, who are sacrificing their lives for us every day.

Don’t increase taxes on the rich, they say. The rich contributed to their campaigns; they can’t do that. Do they think we’re stupid?

Barbara Eggleston, Poland


1ytown1(395 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Ditto Bill,
It is amazing that nobody wants to discuss the 2.2 Mill levy just passed and what the money was actually used for?

It also equally amazing that the current levy request is to raise some 3.8 million levy but only 1.4 million is actually going to the police force?

I quote from the article this weekend:

"The levy would generate about $3.8 million annually and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $117 annually. Keith said he’s tired of the taxes.

“I would like to get my drive sealed, but I’m supposed to dig up an extra $100 for this levy,” he said.

Another problem he has with the levy, he said, is that the trustees plan to return money to the general fund that’s currently going to the police department.

Although the entire $3.8 million generated annually by the police levy would go to the police department, the amount going to the department from the general fund would be reduced by about $2.4 million, trustees have said. The police budget still would increase overall from $7.1 million to $8.5 million"

So what are they going to use the 2.4 Million for?

Reductions in salaries to new hires is the only answer.

Remember Bill, that any new officer hired that is not a rookie is hired with the same amount of years from his previous police employment, so officer with 10 years is hired, his pay is not $16 dollars an hour, his pay is brught up to match other officers on the force that have 10hyears of service, so where is that savings, only another officer making 20% more than other peer communities.

Vindy If I am wrong write about the true facts, not some fluff article supporting the so called rampant crime to assist them in getting this levy passed. I dare you to do your job.

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2ytown1(395 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey Bill, Did you notice all of the comments were removed from the "Boardman group sees police levy as ‘caustic" article?

They are all gone? How about it Vindy, why were they removed?

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Didn't notice, didn't look, most of it was township employees and their agents spreading lies and innuendo about crime that is non-existent and claims that they can keep out crime simply if we provide more money.

Pass the levy and watch more houses become empty, housing values will decline more, and more retailers closing. How can anyone think that removing almost 4 million from the taxpayers is going to make Boardman more economically prosperous?

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4apollo(1227 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Everyone needs to go to the meeting tonight at 5:30 and voice their displeasure with the lies and marketing campaign that has been borderline crooked. Signs out too early and illegally placed. Racist flyers. Lies about crime. Innuendos about Miller.

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5VINDYAK(1809 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This is not the time for any additional taxes anywhere. I see this levy going down the drain as quickly as it appeared.

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6Millie(192 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Where is the outrage about the lack of planning by this administration to spend $50,000 on a special election?
2010 saw the current board take one time revenue from the electric aggregation bonus of somewhere near $600,000 to help cover the shortage in spending.
The Canfield school Boardman township property owners should get some reduction on this levy.

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