Debunking The Talking Points

Talking Point: A vote against a school levy hurts the children.
Answer: A NO vote against this levy will not reduce student funding one penny from its existing level.  However, a NO vote will force the school district to resubmit this as a renewable levy that allows the community to re-evaluate the levy’s effectiveness every five years.  Further, the substantial additional funding Springboro Schools’ has received since 2012 has not resulted in measurably better education.  Instead large sums of money have gone for non-educational uses. Existing funds can be directed into the classroom when these expenses are under control.

Talking Point: A continuing levy saves money by eliminating the cost of a renewal.
Answer:  When schools put issues on the November ballot on even years it costs about $400 per precinct, and on odd years it costs about $1200 per precinct for the school district. Puttying the levy on an even year means the cost amounts to less than 3/10,000 of 1% of the levy proceeds over five years. If they were serious about saving money on elections they would have placed this on an even year ballot and saved the taxpayers $22,000. The fact that they did not care when this was on the ballot only illustrates the hypocritical nature of this argument.  Perhaps most important, when taxpayers get to vote occasionally, district spending cannot be frivolous which saves much more money than any incidental election cost the district might incur.

Talking Point: A continuing levy eliminates uncertainty about whether a renewal levy will pass.
Answer:  In Ohio, over 90% of renewal levies are approved by voters. There is very little risk a renewal will not pass.  The fact that school districts are concerned they may not pass provides an incentive for schools to be responsive to parent and community needs.