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Week of November 1, 2010
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:30

A “forever” tax
To the editor: The Lake school board is asking voters to make renewal levies permanent. They refer to it as voter fatigue.

The fact is, voters will no longer have the right to vote on them as they will be permanent. This idea is very good for the schools as they will then have a forever tax.

The voters should have the right to vote on each and every tax issue. The current system of renewal levies as they come up is much better.

The control is kept with the voters, as it should be.
Robert D. Sedlmeier

Funds “legislated out”
To the editor: I am supporting the Oregon Schools Levy on Nov. 2. 

As a retired teacher, my job does not depend on the passage of this levy, and my children have completed their education in the Oregon schools.

Week of October 31, 2010
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 22 October 2010 08:15

Not a tax increase
To the editor: On Nov. 2 Lake Local School District is seeking renewal of a 1.4 mill levy for permanent improvements (first passed in 1970) and the replacement of a 6.75 mill levy for operating expenses (first passed in 2006).
The school board has reduced the millage on the operating expense levy by .12 mill (to 6.63 mill) to keep tax collections at the same level as they were when the levy was originally passed. If passed, these levies will become continuing levies.
Passage of these replacement levies will not increase your taxes. Please vote on Nov. 2 and help maintain Lake Schools’ tradition of excellence without increasing your taxes.
Feel free to contact our treasurer, Jeff Carpenter, with any questions at 419-661-6690 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tim Krugh
President, Lake Board of Education

Week of October 24, 2010
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:04

A vote for schools
To the editor: A lot has been said and written about the upcoming school levy and its importance to our community.

I firmly believe a strong school system is vital to our community, home values and the students. The only remaining questions that linger for debate are how can we reduce the deficit between the cost to educate each student ($9,000 approximately) and the reimbursement from the state ($6,000 approximately), leaving a $3,000 deficit per student.

We have seen reductions and cuts over the past couple of years trying to manage the budget without sacrificing necessities.

Also, how much of this total deficit is attributed to open enrollment? Are we the Oregon taxpayers obligated to pay for out of district students due to the open enrollment policy?

It appears the average teacher salary is above average due to the long tenure of many teachers. There is a lot to be said for this experience. Through retirement and attrition, this cost should reduce over time.

Through the years, I have been associated with various schools and districts in some capacity. The Oregon schools appear to be a well-run organization, although my children did not attend this district. Count my vote for support of our schools.
Gary Lemle

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