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Weathersfield to ask voters to approve 7.6 mills in spring election



Published: Tue, November 29, 2011 @ 9:57 p.m.

By MARY SMITH

news@vindy.com

MINERAL RIDGE

With the Nov. 8 bond issue failing by just 16 votes, Weathersfield Board of Education voted tonight to go back to voters a second time.

The district wants to get local funds to match a potential $15.6 milion Ohio School Facilities Commission grant.

The board approved placing a total of 7.6 mills on the March ballot, including a 6.6-mill, 30-year bond issue to generate $9,056,940 and a 1-mill continuous improvement levy to generate $85,521 for maintenance. The measure appears on the ballot as one issue, for a total of 7.6 mills.

“This is a necessity for our students,” Schools Superintendent Damon Dohar said.

Plans are to turn Seaborn Elementary into a K-6 building from a K-4 building, and add grades 7 and 8 to the high school to make it a 7-12 building.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

NO Tax increases. The property taxpayer is tapped out. What don't these BOE's understand about that fact?

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2tjthrows(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This levy is not for salaries. The buildings would obviously be for the kids and their educational climate. The middle school is trash and seborn is not up to par. If you don't live in the district please do not comment. I for one do live there and pay more property tax than most folks that live in weathersfield and will vote for it because i know that my property value will be better off in the long run. Also, look at the current valuation of your home and you will see it has dropped about 5%, so in actuality your dollar increase would not be as large based upon decreased valuation. Not voting for new buildings hurts property value and kids. McDonald, Girard, and Austintown all have new buildings and open enrollment. Time to compete or lose students.

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3Constructor(105 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I do live in Weathersfield and will vote against this levy. The contractors that low-ball the bids to get these jobs have historically been out-of-state and employ people from outside the area. One contractor, from PA, had so many OSHA fines levied against it for safety violations that they filed bankruptcy. Most of the schools who had these contractors are still experiencing problems and safety issues due to poor workmanship. Just ask people from McDonald, Niles and Warren, who had to use these low-ball contractors.

I will not vote for any levy that will be used to hire out-of-state or out-of-town contractors when there are so many of our local contractors and skilled tradesmen who are unemployed.

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4charms(228 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What about the people who voted "NO?" Keep pushing and you'll increase the "NO" votes rather than increase the "YES" votes.

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5tjthrows(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

So, are you happy with the status of the buildings and your property value? If not, propose a solution to keep up with the physical needs of the students in a quickly changing environment that would make you happy. If you are happy, then you probably do not have a child that will need those buildings or a home that you care about its value.

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