Inconveniently for the union bosses fighting to kill Senate Bill 5 in Ohio, school district budget forecasts are public record. So, when the people who get rich driving up the cost of government try to blame local deficits on Governor Kasich, it's easy to disprove their lie. Government unions have put pressure on Ohio taxpayers for years, and there are reams of data to support this fact.
My previous post listed 21 Ohio school districts whose October 2010 forecasts warned of 2015 deficits amounting to $1,200 - $1,500 per resident. As I noted, those districts aren't the worst examples:
- Beavercreek City School District: $1,827
- South Range Local School District: $1,742
- Mason City School District: $1,689
- Adams County/Ohio Valley Local School District: $1,678
- Wilmington City School District: $1,652
- Strongsville City School District: $1,593
- Little Miami Local School District: $1,576
- Warrensville Heights City School District: $1,529
Based on Census Bureau records, every resident of these 8 districts would have to pay more than $1,500 to cover projected deficit costs - and these are not outliers. In 2010, just over 600 school districts submitted five-year forecasts to the Ohio Department of Education. More than 450 districts forecast deficits amounting to at least $100 per resident.
If the union smear campaign wins and Issue 2 is defeated, what options will elected leaders have for dealing with these deficits? Massive tax hikes, widespread layoffs, severe program cuts... or all of the above. Government union reform will restore a little power from unabashed class-warriors to the local officials we elect. Vote Yes on Issue 2!
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Cross-posted at that hero.