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Let him count the ways that Ohio tax dollars are abused

Published: Thu, March 22, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Last week I heard Lib- erty Township Admini- strator Pat Ungaro addressing local economic problems on talk radio. He felt it is necessary for the state to fund local schools, cities, townships, and counties with more money so that they could properly function without having to raise local taxes. Of course this would mean that the state would have to raise taxes. Consider a few stories that were in our local papers over the past year:

Six policemen retire and collect $250,000 in unused sick and vacation pay.

Wendy Webb retires and is paid $125,000 in unused sick and vacation time.

Jimmy Hughes receives $500,000 from the DROP program upon retirement.

The superintendent of Warren schools is let go and is paid $60,000 in unused sick and vacation time and is also paid for her last six months of salary without even having to show up for work.

The superintendent of the Columbiana County Board of Education retires and starts collecting $90,000 per year retirement and then is hired back at $120,000 per year.

A local firefighter retires after 30 years but he elected to receive his $49,000 in unused sick and vacation time as salary in his final year and thus his yearly retirement is increased from $45,000 to $57,000 per year.

In all of these cases our local leaders claim that the taxpayers saved money. If under the present system they are correct, then it is time to change the system. If local government agencies want more money to function, then my advice to Mr. Ungaro and other local politicians is the same as Dorothy’s in the Wizard of Oz: Look no farther than your own backyard.

Gov. Kasich, I want you to know that I am greatly disappointed that you tucked your tail and ran when Senate Bill 5 was defeated.

If you truly believed in what you were doing, you should have counterattacked with a vengeance. If your advisers don’t know how, call me and I’ll help you.

Rodger Shuback, Salem


1notgvn(6 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The Buckeye Institute's database does not distinguish between union and nonunion employees and neither does the author here. SB5 was aimed at unions and union members, not administrators, superintendents, chiefs of police and so forth. There are more than 350,000 public sector employees in Ohio, and less than a handful get the sort of compensations described here. But the Tea Party/John Birch Society/Flat Earth Club fans disgorge their numbers with plenty of indignation, but a stunning absence of supporting facts and documentation.

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2herewego(3 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Ungaro is making 122,000/year to be Stans boss. A park lady plants flowers for 55,000/year. And they want to save money? He doesn't even work fulltime. Liberty schools and dispatch is so bad financially, yet the trustees ( part time job) use township benefits.

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3Rightwinger(1 comment)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

What company is doing this? Do you have a specific example or are you just making a talking point? Last time I checked the United States has the second highest corporate tax and is about to usurp Japan for the number one spot. Also the rumor is ungaros retirement from multiple government jobs is around $240,000.

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