Kudos to Gary Henrich for calling the Aurora Board of Education's handling of an upcoming 5.9-mill levy an embarrassment; we were promised no new levy would come this soon.
He states that, in addition to having several million dollars in reserve, property values funding the levy have increased by millions. He argues that "educational excellence" is no excuse for additional funding, because Aurora's schools have been top tier for years. For 2016, cleveland.com ranked them No. 9 in the state.
While proponents might argue that more money is needed to stay there, with over 300 public systems in Ohio, I doubt property values would suffer if we "plummeted" from the top 3 percent to the top 6 percent, or even 9 percent.
Before calling me "anti-education," know that I'm a college graduate with multiple professional licenses. My daughter graduated from college magna cum laude. My opposition stems from the 2012 levy results. In addition to the massive school levy, there was a modest 2-mill levy for police and safety Forces.
I believe that failed because the school levy passed. And if there's another police levy in the near future, I fear history may repeat itself. A recent Advocate article outlined recent increases in local crime. As Henrich pointed out, enrollment has stagnated over the past decade.
While expensive public schools benefit students and parents, more resources for police and safety forces benefit everyone. If Aurora schools were nearer the bottom, and enrollment were increasing faster than the crime rate, I'd think otherwise.
But looking at the numbers, I can't justify that expense. I would rather afford a modest police levy later than be burdened with a major expense of questionable value now.
Scott D. Haseltine, Aurora