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Marc A. Schare
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Folks, today I offer the following.
The Treasurer’s Advisory
Committee met on April 10 and a very productive two hours. We discussed the
fact that the
With regard to the State Budget and the importance of continuing the transitional aid guarantee, I provided testimony to the House Finance Committee on April 17. It was a somewhat chaotic environment because of the mass of people wanting to testify about Governor Strickland’s proposal for a moratorium on charter and conversion schools, but I did get 5 minutes to tell the committee the importance to us of the transitional aid guarantee, the suggestion to look at the ODE proposal to have the money follow the kid so that charter schools no longer impact public school district revenue from local taxes, the importance of maintaining the grants associated with conversion schools and other entrepreneurial efforts and of course, the importance of a permanent hold harmless clause for the tangible personal property tax. Along these same lines, Jonathan and I are meeting with Senator Goodman tomorrow afternoon.
And speaking of Jonathan, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his new opportunity and I want to make sure that Worthington understands that this board has gotten so good at money management now that we even figured out a way, for the last year or two, to get a treasurer valued at $145,000 at the bargain basement price of only around $100,000. I can only hope that our next treasurer doesn’t count this as a $45K savings and then try to spend it. Jonathan, I hope that you participate in at least one more meeting so we all have the opportunity to thank you appropriately for all you have done for Worthington in the last 5 years. After all, you can’t put to high a price on credibility.
Two weeks ago, we had a
discussion about abatements and the consensus was that we should pass a
resolution signaling our discontent with the general assembly for permitting
one taxing authority to interfere with the revenue stream of another. We should
do this, but in the meantime, I attended the April 16 meeting of the
Worthington City Council. Council has decided to put a moratorium on
residential abatements pending a thorough review of what it is they are looking
to accomplish, but business abatements continue.. well.. unabated. In researching
this issue, I found that the city of
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Pete Scully on his election as President of the Worthington Education Association. I know all of us offer our hopes for a very successful and productive term or two in office and lastly, I’d like to acknowledge “Administrative Professionals Week”, so for all people in the district behind the scenes, including Sharon Rose, who was recently seen doing 5 jobs at once, your efforts are noticed, valued and appreciated.