In the November 2008 election, a one-mil tax renewal levy failed to pass for the Scioto County Career Technical Center — formerly known as the Joint Vocational School. This is a levy, and a school, that the community has faithfully supported for years already. This was also a relatively small tax of only 10 cents for every $100 of property valuation. For a $100,000 property, the school estimates only $18 of tax each year ... which the property owner is already paying.
So what happened that this levy failed?
According to informal exit polling, a large number of people simply didn't know what the Scioto County Career Technical Center was, and did not understand this was a renewal levy on an existing school that does much good in Scioto County.
In the upcoming May election, the school will try once again to pass its one-mil tax renewal levy. The money from this levy will go to continue various school projects, including black-topping the parking lot and driveway, meeting Ohio School Facilities Commission required maintenance, lab and classroom equipment, and to continue upgrades and expand services.
The Daily Times supports this levy just as we support every school district with a reasonable request to help them shape our children's minds and their future. Every child deserves the best education available to them, and it is our responsibility to play our part in funding those schools and the teachers that make them.
However you choose to vote on May 5, and for whatever reason, please be informed on this and all the issues and candidates before you mark your ballot. Never again let miscommunication or misunderstanding hinder what's best for our children, and for ourselves.
Remember: Scioto County Career Technical Center is the former Scioto County Joint Vocational School.