I am writing to express concerns about the special issue for Tri Village Schools for which we vote on Aug. 7. First of all, we want to make it clear that we support good schools and good education. Our children attended Tri-Village school, several of our grandchildren did, and now we have great- grandchildren attending Tri-village School.
Think with me—we are expecting our tax statement for the year, for X number of dollars. We open the statement, and it shows X + $1,300. A bit of a shock!! This was been caused by the recent re- evaluation. Land is valued much higher than previously, so anyone owning farm ground has seen an increase. One elderly farmer remarked that he might have to sell some land to pay his taxes. Joking?? I’m not sure.
On checking further, we find that $400 of this increase goes to Tri-Village School. Couldn’t our $400, and all the other new tax from all the other land owners, be set aside for repairs and upkeep? Darke County auditor’s office tells me that if this issue passes, our taxes will increase by another $400. So next year’s tax statement will read: X + 1,300 + 400. Can we afford more taxes?
Right now is a very hard time financially for farmers and land owners. The present draught situation will cause a significant decrease in farm income this fall. Also for the elderly, if they have any retirement investments, income is at an all-time low. So I am suggesting that we consider these thoughts as we prepare to vote in the upcoming special election. And, was it really necessary to have a special election? What is the cost of a special election? So far no one can tell me.