To the editor:
Do not expect real property tax relief this year or in years to come. Once taxing entities are in place, there is no divorcing them. Access to taxpayers' dollars is viewed by those entities as an entitlement to a bottomless money pit. Eight years ago, an adjoining school district decided that a new high school was needed, disregarding the district's declining enrollment and no new employers coming to town.
Twenty million plus would make it possible. Farmland on the southeast side of the city was already picked out and all but purchased. The dollar amount for the site purchase compared to current ag land price could only be described as outrageous.The new school would have facilities for the performing arts, sports, and state of the art labs. The driving force behind the fancy new digs seemed to be the families with children participating in sports. Needs/wants consideration was tossed out the window. Wowing visitors was the order of the day. The district had only recently spent over a million dollars on updating the football field and track. The issue failed big time.
I think I am correct in saying the creation of a taxing entity can only be described as an anointing or consecration. Once in place, they are forever and untouchable.They will work diligently in justifying their own existence, and they will forever have a wish list unrelated to needs. My wife and I had only recently relocated to Columbus when the proposal for a new high school was placed on the ballot. We voted for it. Our portion of the cost is about two hundred dollars a year.
To make Columbus attractive to potential employers, we have to have an up-to-date school system. Taxes and death are still the order of the day.