Amendment sets bad precedent
An amendment to the Ohio transportation budget legislation will allow senior levy funds to be redirected to private transportation providers without a requirement that those funds be used for the benefit of seniors.
This is an end-run around the will of the people. Also, this sets a critically dangerous precedent. In the future, will the funds raised by any levy be subject to uses other than those indicated in the levy ballot language?
If this amendment is allowed to stand, then I, for one, will never vote for any levy in the future. Nor will I support the three local state representatives who voted for ignoring voter wishes. Although the local state senator voted no on the amendment, he was one of the three prime architects and original supporters of the amendment.
This may well spell the failure of renewal efforts for the local senior services levy.
GARY W. ENGSTROM