Wednesday, January 30, 2013
* No matter what Gov. John Kasich of Ohio might claim, he is not saving the taxpayers of the state any money. We're paying taxes in other ways.
Governor Kasich’s first two-year budget cut funding to education by $1.8 billion over the previous two year period. Administration critics have repeatedly said that a cut of this size would hobble school districts and shift responsibility for adequate school funding from the state to local taxpayers in the form of higher property and/or income taxes.
Though the data was difficult to uncover, Innovation Ohio has succeeded in calculating the number of “new money” levies appearing on local ballots since Gov. Kasich introduced his budget in March, 2011. The numbers are staggering.
Since May 2011, Ohio voters have considered an unprecedented $1.1 billion in new property and income taxes for schools. Voters passed just over 40% of that amount, approving school levies equal to $487 million in new taxes.
While the state has cut funding to our schools, we're paying more toward our schools because of tax levies. Some districts have made drastic cuts because their state funding has decreased and taxpayers vote down school levies.