As reported in the West Chester Buzz at the Cincinnati Enquire website, the No Lakota Group offers to support the Lakota School Levy in 2012. Clarification must be presented since my site has been flooded by curious readers.
For those who don’t know who Mark Sennet is, he’s NOT in any of these clips. As it has been for years, I will still be advocating against higher taxes. Mark’s decision to make some sort of deal with the Lakota School Board is strangely out-of-place. As anyone can see from this video clip, Mark and many others could leave the No Lakota Levy movement, and I could still continue without any problem.
The reality is this…….Mark Sennet, who is a member of the No Lakota Levy Group did speak at the board meeting on June 13th, 2011, and did make such a statement as to offer support of the levy in 2012. However, Mark was speaking individually, or at a maximum the developers that are in our group who may wish to join him, but for the rest of us, we will still be standing against any proposed levy in the school district of Lakota.
As a businessman, I am surprised by Mark’s comments. My goals have been to bring down the cost of education, and further tax money toward a school district is simply not in the equation. However, not everyone is working for the same objective, and obviously, there is some politics involved in this decision by Mark.
So for those of you who don’t want to see your taxes increase, rest assured. The No Lakota Levy Group will still function. Even if all the developers withdrawal their support, there are still many hundreds of people who have volunteered their time and money to help with a campaign. There will be more than enough resistance to defeat any future school levies.
Some of the stories that are taking place around the Lakota district, such as parents organizing sports in their neighborhood cul-de-sacs and car pooling kids to museums are wonderful stories. Parents should have been doing that kind of thing all along, and cutting the budget to these activities have brought out the best in our community. Throwing money at a child’s education is almost the same as throwing money into a fire. It takes parents that want to be involved in a child’s life. If a community just tosses money into a bottomless pit of union expectation, which is public education, they can expect that money to be wasted. That is why Mark’s comments surprise me.
But many of our members that are from the developing community are sitting on properties that they can’t sell or lease, so their judgment toward levies is that they don’t want to pay an unfair amount of money in taxes for property that isn’t doing what they invested in. In a good economy they are the first to support a levy, because they built the homes which added to the school population. So for many of them, the taxes aren’t an issue as long as they can move their property.
For people like me however, I plan to live in the district for a long time, and the taxes are too high right now, let alone in the future. The expectation of cost needs to come down, so I will continue to fight that issue as I always have.