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Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio, said last week there needs to be greater public awareness of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennial budget that will have a severe impact on the Oregon City Schools District.

Szollosi spoke before a crowd of about 30 people who attended a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School.

“As proposed, Oregon schools are losing the equivalent of 5.9-mills worth of revenue based on the proposed budget. Personally, I don’t know how we can absorb that type of loss,” said Szollosi. “When you hear that type of revenue loss from the previous budget, it certainly is a cause for concern. I don’t think we can absorb these types of cuts.”

Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar said there is a funding crisis in the public school system.

“School funding is a state-wide problem. It’s in a crisis situation. We’ve been in this crisis for 20 years now. And nothing seems to be getting done about it,” said Zalar, who spoke at a town hall meeting on April 20 at Starr Elementary School. The meeting was sponsored by Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th House District in Ohio.

“School funding is supposed to be a shared partnership,” said Zalar. “The system was set up that way from the get-go. The state and local communities are supposed to work together to produce the funds and revenues to provide free and high quality schools for public education.”

A coalition of environmental-conservation groups is calling on Ohio’s lawmakers to declare, “Yes or no, do you want to open Ohio’s state parks to oil and gas drilling and fracking?”

The groups are asking lawmakers to take a position after weeks of statehouse hearings on a trio of bills that could open state lands to drilling, including:

• Governor Kasich’s proposed state operating budget bill (House Bill 153), which proposes to open 154 state parks to oil and gas drilling as well as logging; and

Oregon native Matt Folk couldn’t have asked for a better day to run his first Boston Marathon.

A 1994 graduate of Clay High School, Folk happily made the long journey over the weekend from his current residence in Perrysburg to Beantown, where he was greeted by comfortable temperatures in the upper-40s and a much-needed tailwind.

“There was some talk leading up to the race that there would be a tailwind,” said Folk.  “It’s a point to point course, so everybody hopes you can get the tailwind instead of the headwind and we did, for the most part.”

Bills pending before state legislators will have an impact on Lake Township’s financial condition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the board of trustees Tuesday, with the likely result being the township becoming more dependent on local property taxes.

The changes stem from a plan by lawmakers included in the state budget five years ago to phase out the tangible personal property tax on manufacturing machinery and related equipment as well as some utility equipment.

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