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Lake athletics on the rebound from levy failures
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:03

Residents in the Lake School District can certainly recall the Lake school levy

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fiasco a few years back.

After several failed attempts to pass a school levy, voters finally approved a 6.75-mill, five-year operating levy in August 2006. The vote was close even while passing, with 1,949 voters supporting the levy and 1,580 voters giving their "no" vote.

The operating levy raises an additional $1.4 million a year for the district, which had gone through a string of levy defeats going back to August 2004.

Dave Shaffer, a 1982 Lake graduate who has been the high school's director of athletics since 1999, watched levy after levy fail. In 2005, the school board cut extracurricular activities that were eventually funded through a private volunteer group, but with limited athletic teams.

"We scaled back in some of our programs," said Shaffer, who was an assistant athletic director at Lake from 1989-99. "We offered fewer junior high teams and we reduced our assistant coaching staffs. We lost approximately 150 kids district-wide who transferred out, which probably equates to a graduating class. That is hard to handle, and it was difficult.

 
Schools on verge of massive cuts without HB 318
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:17

Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi urged Oregon Council last Monday to pressure the state Senate to support House Bill 318, which would delay state income tax cuts for two years to offset an $852 million funding gap in the state budget.

Gov. Ted Strickland had planned to use a portion of revenue from slot machines at race tracks for education, but the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the measure cannot go before voters sooner than Nov., 2010.

The Senate has until the end of this month to pass Bill 318, which would postpone for two years the last of five previously scheduled reductions in state income taxes, the amount of which would cover the $852 million shortfall in revenue.

In addition, the state stands to lose more in federal stimulus funds if the bill isn’t passed.

 
Librarians also urging Senate to pass House Bill 318
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 14:40

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials say they have been made aware of a possible major crisis for Ohio’s public libraries.

TLCPL Oregon Branch manager Mary Beth Gratop is among those librarians state-wide urging local residents to put pressure on the Ohio Senate to pass House Bill 318.

According to the Ohio Library Council, this proposal would postpone the final cut in the state income tax. Although this proposal means that Ohioans will not pay any more state income taxes than they did in 2009, it will provide enough money to the state to balance the budget next year, a TLCPL press release states.

The TLCPL has already been impacted by an 18 percent cut from the Public Library Fund when the state budget was approved earlier this year.

 
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