Tue, 11:15 pm: Howland residents question TCTC move

HOWLAND — The Howland Board of Education’s recent decision to separate from Ashtabula Tech and join the Trumbull Career and Technical Center has some residents concerned about paying an additional tax.

The board’s proposal includes a separation from the district’s contract with A-Tech as well as a motion of application to TCTC.

While the district would save around $400,000 per year — Howland’s fee to A-Tech — school district residents would automatically have to pay the TCTCs 10-year, 2.4-mill levy. Although the levy will be up for renewal this year, Howland wouldn’t officially join TCTC until 2015 and, as such, its taxpayers would not be able to vote on the countywide tax.

However, the levy currently in place will be collected from Howland residents through 2015, and if the rest of the county approves the renewal this year, Howland residents must pay it through 2025, if the district joins TCTC.

“I’m incensed,” longtime Howland resident and retired Weathersfield teacher Pamela Plesca said. “I think this is absolutely ridiculous. According to what they were paying, $400,000 to go to A-Tech, but when we’re looking at TCTC we’re paying $1.5 million? So where’s the savings for the people of Howland?”

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.