Opponents of the reforms in Issue 2 blame busted local budgets on the way Governor Kasich handled the $8 billion deficit Ted Strickland left behind. In effect, government union bosses who thrive on a broken status quo insist the problem is too little spending. Like all leftists who decry spending cuts, union bosses want to raise our taxes.
For proof, consider Ohio school districts’ five-year forecasts from October 2010. Based on papered-over Strickland state figures – before Governor Kasich was even elected – districts projected major shortfalls by 2015. If we vote down Issue 2, how will local leaders cover these deficits? Layoffs, higher taxes, program cuts… choose any combination of the three.
Without Senate Bill 5, every resident of these Ohio school districts would have to pay between $1200 and $1500 in 2015 to cover the deficits forecast last fall:
Lakewood Local School District
Princeton City School District
Upper Scioto Valley Local School District
Hudson City School District
Avon Lake City School District
St. Marys City School District
Osnaburg Local School District
Maple Heights City School District
Berlin-Milan Local School District
Nordonia Hills City School District
Russia Local School District
Huber Heights City School District
Northmont City School District
Valley View Local School District
Bradford Exempted Village School District
Southwest Licking Local School District
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District
Oakwood City School District
North Olmsted City School District
Medina City School District
Beachwood City School District
In 2010, more than 450 Ohio school districts forecast deficits amounting to more than $100 per resident by 2015. These 21 districts aren’t even the worst examples!
Unfortunately for Ohio union bosses, heated rhetoric won’t melt mathematical reality. With your Yes vote on Issue 2, you can make it easier for school districts throughout state to address deficits without raising taxes, reducing services, or firing teachers.
Get the facts behind the anti-reform smear campaign, check out county-by-county school district forecasts, and then vote Yes on Issue 2!
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