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Effort appreciated
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 14:43

To the editor: I am writing to acknowledge the effort of many people who work in our local government.

After Port Clinton voters passed a bond issue for new buildings in November, an extensive document called an Official Statement was required to be produced. The 80-plus page document compiled demographic and statistical data from our school district, city and townships.

Jamie Bier Grant, director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, provided timely information on our industrial parks and employers. JoEllen Regal, Ottawa County Auditor, and her staff provided all types of data related to millage rates, assessed values and levies. Robert Hille, Ottawa County Treasurer, and his staff provided tax and delinquency data. Current school board members David Belden, Barb Drusbacky, Beth Benko, Michele Mueller and Paul Shaw were asked to have many special meetings to accommodate many legal documents that had to be approved. Walt Wehenkel, a former school board member and regional planning director, also provided data necessary to complete this report.

 
Forgo the raise
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 13:15

To the editor: On May 4, voters in the Woodmore School District are voting on a 2.9-mill levy to offset a $450,000 deficit in the upcoming budget.

About 80 percent of a school’s budget in Ohio goes to salaries and administrative costs. The average Woodmore teacher’s salary is $51,900 plus the following stipends and benefits paid for by the taxpayer:

• $7,200 contributed to retirement fund annually;

• $468.90 to $1,027.20 monthly paid premium for health insurance;

• Fifteen days annual sick leave that can accrue up to 290 days.

• Two days personal leave annually.

The pay package for the average taxpayer has nowhere near the benefits that a teacher receives for working approximately 180 days a year.

Look at unemployment in three counties that support Woodmore schools:

• Ottawa – 19.3 percent;

• Sandusky – 13.3 percent;

• Wood – 11.8 percent.

 
Another three years
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 12:30

To the editor: Once again, Northwood has chosen money and revenue over its own citizens, businesses and the citizens from other outlying areas.

I am not going to use the, “in today’s economy” method of reasoning because I feel even in a booming economy, the use of such traffic-control cameras is unjustified.

As a 27-year-old college student being in quite a large social group, I can honestly say Northwood and its methods of draining the outlying areas as well as their own citizens of hard-earned money with “cheap tactics” under the false pretenses that it’s about “public safety,” has come up several times in conversations over the past few years.

These conversations have ultimately led to a strong consensus about what a joke these cameras are and the negative viewpoint many have toward the city of Northwood. However, this should not be a joke at all because it is not only hurting the city’s economy, but more importantly, the businesses that have made the decision to call Northwood home.

 
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