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Clarification
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:49

Mike Beazley, Oregon City Administrator, would like to clarify some information provided by the city tax department and printed in a column last week by John Szozda. While income tax revenue in 2009 decreased 10.6 percent, the total included a one-time repayment of $1.5 million to a company that overpaid its taxes in 2008 by $2 million.

Beazley said income tax revenue for 2007-2009 was “fairly flat but slightly declining,” while revenue in 2010 is tracking about 10 percent less than 2009 for an expected total of $15.5 million.

 
Lopez comments on economy, real estate values
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:45

Lucas County auditor Anita Lopez disagrees with any proposal to re-evaluate real estate property on an annual basis.

“If we get into the habit of trying to adjust the values every year, during the tough times, and then during the good times do we want the values to go up every year as the market improves? So, do you really want to identify trends in the market?” Lopez said.

“Citizens aren’t going to like that either, say, when unemployment decreases, income starts to solidify again, people start buying homes, add more wealth, the country starts doing better again, do you want to increase the values every year which generates an increase in inside millage, for sure, in taxes? That will be an increase in taxes if we do that every year.”

Lopez, a Democrat, is being challenged in the November 2 election by Republican Gina-Marie Kaczala. Lopez spoke to the East Toledo Club during its monthly luncheon at the Weber Block. Kaczala was invited to appear in a debate-format, but could not attend.

Kaczala has over 21 years experience at the Lucas County Auditor's Office, and says she “will represent all taxpayers and not a chosen few” on her Facebook page. She is supported by Ohio Veterans United.

 
Oregon schools seeks 5.9 mill levy on Tuesday
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:44

The Oregon City Schools district has a 5.9-mill five-year emergency operating levy on Tuesday’s ballot.

The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. If passed, the levy is expected to bring in $3.4 million annually.

In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.

If the levy does not pass, the school board will reduce the operating budget by about $2 million for the 2011 – 2012 school year by cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program,  reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.

If the levy passes, the district would be in good shape financially for the next five years, according to its five year forecast.

 
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