On Nov. 5, Howland residents will again be asked to open their pocketbooks to "protect excellence" in the Howland school system, as the overwhelming abundance of pro-levy signs dotting the community inform us.
However, what the signs do not tell the voters is that the passage of the 3.9 mill levy will be followed by a 2.4 mill levy to change from the already economical A-Tech to the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.
Voters need to ask the following questions:
1. Why change from the Ashtabula Technical center to TCTC when three superintendents before the current one found the Ashtabula center to be the more economical alternative for the community?
2. How many students would this additional levy actually pay for?
3. And did you know that the 2.4 mill levy for TCTC is not voted on by the community, but is instead a decision made and voted on solely by the Howland school board?
When on adds the 3.9 and 2.4 mill levies together it comes to a whopping 6.059282 mills on the backs of the community.
My information comes from the office of the Trumbull County auditor. People can check this themselves.
The Howland school system will tell you that they have not had a raise in six years.
I wonder how many in the community haven't had a raise or a job, not to mention the senior citizens living on fixed incomes.
When I look at my property taxes, I am shocked to see how much I pay to the Howland Schools; so I ask, how much more will it take to satisfy their needs?
In this present economy, how can this board ask the voters for more?
So on Nov. 5, I will vote no. My pocketbook is empty.
Remember that not voting is the same as voting yes, so if you don't vote, don't complain and don't be surprised when you get your property taxes.
-- Pamela S. Plesea, Howland