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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Anti jail tax group endorses CPS tax

From the press release:

NO JAIL TAX PAC SUPPORTS SCHOOL LEVY

No Jail Tax PAC, the organization that led two successful fights against a tax to build a new county jail, announced that it is supporting the passage of the levy for Cincinnati Public Schools.

"We urge people to vote Yes on 10," said Carolyn Park, a spokesperson for the organization.

"The education I received from Cincinnati Public Schools has opened up a world of opportunities for me and so many other CPS graduates. Supporting our schools is the key to building a healthier, prosperous and more competitive Cincinnati," said Justin Jeffre, a spokesman for No Jail Tax.

Jeffre was a member of the grammy-nominated band "98 Degrees" and a Green Party candidate for city council.

Carolyn Park, an Instructional Assistant in the CPS says, "I think people need to remember that somebody paid levies and millages so that they could attend quality public schools, and our children today deserve the same sort of support. This is an operational levy; it's not the same as the building levy. The district can't use building funds for its operations, that is, for curriculum and programs for children or salaries for teachers."

No Jail Tax PAC issued a statement saying: Unlike the regressive and unnecessary sales tax behind the jail tax designed to punish the citizens of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Public School levy will help all of Cincinnati's citizens, most immediately those who depend on the public schools, and in the long term will help the community as a whole.


13 Comments:

at 2:24 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like all of the few people who support this issue, they aren't telling us where the money is going. Shouldn't we know that?

Also, why is a Jail Tax group getting involved in a school levy? If your core issue is stopping jail taxes you shouldn't cause division in the group by taking sides on outside issues. Stick to fighting jail taxes if you want to do some good.

 
at 3:06 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should have voted yes for the jail and no on the Cincinnati public schools,and cut the middle man out.It would cost a lot less in the long run.
VOTE NO

 
at 6:57 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This clearly shows the only group with any anti-tax credentials is COAST.

 
at 7:10 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

we needed that jail for all the corrupt Repugnicants who should be going to jail once the Commission majority grows a pair and appoints a special prosecutor or asks the Atorney General to investigate.

 
at 7:11 PM, March 02, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

Jeffre is absolutely right about good education being crucial to a prosperous Cincinnati. And No Jail Tax Pac is also correct that we owe today's kids the same opportunities that previous generations gave us.

But we should also remember that those old timers had a dramatically lower overall tax burden. Many of them paid off their homes while they were working, and saved enough to pay future property taxes, with the dream of living out their days where they raised their kids.

After decades of new and ever-increasing levies, Hamilton County now has the 2nd highest property taxes in the state. And the people we owe our good fortune to are forced to find cheaper housing elsewhere to meet their fixed incomes. Don't we have an equal obligation to them, and their values of frugality?

CPS's enrollment is way down. They have closed schools, trimmed faculty and staff, and cut back on programs. They have even made some modest cuts to administration (haven't seen that before). Even the dropout rates and racial gaps are down. However the one thing they still haven't "right-sized" is their budget.

During these tough economic times all of us are forced to do more with less. And yet CPS wants more money to do less educating.

If this were a break-even levy, perhaps adjusted for inflation, they might have a case. But it's not. It's a huge increase. And it's going to cost some people their homes.

CPS needs to sharpen their pencil and reduce their cost of operations to match their reduced enrollment. Next time there's an election, give us something affordable that we can approve. Meanwhile...

Vote "No" on this school levy.

 
at 7:52 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 3:06 How true, how true. Did we notice that the NO TO THE JAIL people vote NO to the sales tax (where everyone pays) but want to tax (again) homeowners for the schools. And I guess the Green Party figures that all the "rich" homeowners can afford three and four property tax levies each year. Justin, money is not the main problem at CPS. Do you remember at SCPA that only half (at best) the parents would show up and attend parents stuff? And parental participation is less today at most CPS schools.

 
at 10:46 PM, March 02, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

"designed to punish the citizens of Cincinnati"
that's weird
Do these guys really believe this ?

 
at 8:46 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness they get it.

Good schools benefit this city. The district is not uniformly good yet but it's getting better. And to continue to improve it needs the money to fund the schools. Money doesn't automatically solve problems. But a lack of money compounds them.

The district has made significant cuts over the past four years. It balanced the budget in 2004 and has kept it balanced for four years now, although costs have risen but the money coming in has stayed the same. Deep and substantial cuts have been made.

But the cuts that remain will hurt, and they will hurt children specifically. Class sizes will increase, fine arts will be cut; things that children living in poverty need to succeed will be taken away.

I hope that most Cincinnatians see that the progress that has been made (and very real progress has been made) is worth rewarding by continued support.

Please vote Yes on Issue 10.

 
at 9:07 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Harold Schuler said...

Hey Seniors! If you received a Property tax relief by filing for the Homestead Act, vote 'NO' for the CPS levy or you are going to lose it!!!

 
at 12:33 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Carolyn Park related to Bob "Cincinnati Progressive Action" Park?

 
at 3:13 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe the different groups that try and force their will on Property Owners within CPS District. These groups are no different than the National Press agencies trying to dictate to property owners to pay more in property taxes or who we vote for during National elections. It is even worse with this group, because they were against the jail tax. Whats even worst are the founding members think they have a say in other tax issues/levies. I question what ideas/solutions they have come up with to replace our current jail system? I also question if they have run the numbers as to the cost per student as was done with the cost per inmate? The bottom line is it comes down to how much is it going to cost property owners to pay to educate CPS students as compared to other school districts within the area. Until the building of new schools levy has expired, I personally will not support a new/additional tax levy fotr CPS. I only hope othe property owners are not influenced by groups/organizations that tell us how to spent our money.

 
at 4:42 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

COAST is TOAST.

Just ask Puh-puh-Pat DeWhiner, Phil Heimlich, & Tom Brinkman!

Losers all.

 
at 5:53 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't care who endorses this school tax levy! These people don't know anything about my financial situation! This school tax levy is too much of a tax burden. I have lived in my home for 31 years, and hope to stay there until I die. I am voting a resounding NO! If that sounds selfish, so be it.

 
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