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Should Ohio try to rid itself of retire-rehire policies?

I don't see the issue. The state has created a pension system that forces someone to retire in the prime of their career just so the pension can save on benefit costs. If the person chooses to be rehired at the lower salary so they can keep doing the job they love, what's the big deal?

There are many people who retire and then go back to work somewhere else. Just because you are talking about state dollars, it really is no different.

Would you rather your tax dollars go pay unqualified individuals or out of towners to fill the vacant police, fire and teaching positions? Or is it better to get your money's worth with qualified, experienced, local workers?

March 3, 2015 at 2:42 p.m. suggest removal

Mahoning County election board purchases electronic poll books

So we will still vote on paper by filling in the dots, but now the big book of signatures is replaced with a tablet?

That's not the type of progress we need.

March 3, 2015 at 2:33 p.m. suggest removal

Poland school board OKs consolidation of schools

Yes - keep up with the Joneses and have actual electrical and computer wiring to meet the current needs. How dare they?

Two buildings - one would be K-5 (new), one would be 6-12 (high school plus addition) - equals less buildings, less utility costs, less maintenance costs...

If you go to the school website, the state facilities commission has made recommendations for renovating and/or building new. The costs are pretty much the same. The community needs to decide if money should be spent to keep multiple buildings for sentimental value, or

As for the historical buildings, that is really only the Middle School? The McKinley section is from the 50s. Not sure what happens with that, but should the entire school facilities plan be built around and old school that has zero property available for expansion?

February 24, 2015 at 1:59 p.m. suggest removal

Poland school board OKs consolidation of schools

I stand corrected on the millage calculation. Based on info on polandbulldogs.com, it looks like the calculation is for $35 per mil on every $100,000. The building (or reno) costs estimate at a millage of 6.9, so 6.9 mils x $35 = 241.50, less the homestead/rollback for a cost of $211.31 for every $100,000 in assessed property value. So if the Mahoning Co Auditor site has a Current Value for your property at 200k, then yes, this could possibly cost you an additional $422 per year in taxes. A sacrifice for sure.

That being said, I am pretty sure that our property values will see a nice increase with new school buildings in a campus setting! It would not just be new buildings but new classroom design and support for new technology. If I am choosing between Poland or Canfield, I am going to pick the one with new schools....

February 24, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. suggest removal

Poland school board OKs consolidation of schools

1) Taxable value of property is 35% of the auditor's assessed value. So a $200,000 home has a taxable value of $70,000.

2) It is not the Poland School District's fault that the state poorly funds our schools - both for daily education and for facilities.

3) the options include build new buildings or fix what we have. Neither are cheap options and both will cost the taxpayers.

4) The roads Poland Township is responsible for seem to be in pretty good shape. In my option, the worst roads in Poland are the responsibility of Mahoning County. I would pay the Township more money just to take over the County roads!

February 24, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning Valley officials are concerned about the governor’s proposed sales tax increase

I gotta hand it to him, he is brilliant. Cut school funding and at the same time he goes after (unions) teachers. He did a great job convincing everyone that they make too much money and that is why schools need more.

Make the schools justify their existence over and over with multiple levies, ridiculous unfunded mandates, tests and cuts.

And still no one utters a peep about how their state tax dollars are not coming back to their schools.


February 3, 2015 at 3:08 p.m. suggest removal

Spot checks find pupils missing from Ohio charter schools

Yost, a charter school supporter, said his findings were not systematic and so can't be extrapolated.

Seriously? 27 out of 30 schools in a random sampling had attendance issues but the findings can't be "extrapolated"??? These Charter schools take $7500 away from a public school for every kid enrolled there. That's YOUR State and Property tax dollars being stolen!


January 22, 2015 at 3:11 p.m. suggest removal

YEA opposes charter school idea

It is not the Youngstown City teachers!! The cherry picked kids in Y-towns current charters are still failing.

AND the charters are getting more money per pupil, paying the teachers less and making a profit despite failing kids.

How's that for your tax dollars at work?

November 24, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. suggest removal

BOARDMAN | School levy

@rex - the State of Ohio allows two types of levies for schools: "permanent" and "emergency". Emergency levies are for a specified term, permanent are forever.

Educate yourself and support your schools instead of posting uninformed comments.

October 2, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. suggest removal

Poland sidewalk project complete — almost

Note how the Township is willing to split the cost, but the Village president is already saying "not if we don't have to". Just like with the school Resource Office, the Township is trying really hard to make it work for ALL of Poland, but the Village is not cooperating as much as they could.

August 15, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. suggest removal



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