Little Miami levy divides community

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

MORROW, OH (FOX19) - It's a major decision that's dividing this close-knit community.

Voters are casting ballots Tuesday for a 16.96 mil levy in the Little Miami School District.

"This is crunch time for us, we're in dire straits here and this levy has to pass," said Julie Pearlman, a parent who supports the levy.
Pearlman is one of several Morrow moms making the last minute push to get residents to vote "yes" on the levy.
"We're dealing with a district that's already about as lean as it can possibly get, from here you start cutting into muscle," Pearlman said.
They've decorated their cars, held rallies and passed out flyers, now they're just hoping voters will make the investment they say is for their children's future.
"We've got Kindergarten through third graders without arts and gym and music and high schools without the electives they need to round out their records for applying to colleges and that sort of thing," Pearlman said.
"This is going to put a tremendous burden on people with fixed incomes who are retired, it's also going to put a tremendous burden on those people who are temporarily out of a job," said Bill Brausch, a resident against the levy.
Small business owners like Brausch say the district can't fund schools on the backs of taxpayers.
"Our group is not against schools, what we are against is the property tax, the method in which the schools obtain their finances,"
Brausch says he would support an earnings tax, and says the school board generate funding through other means.
"The teachers and the administrators take a five percent cut in their pay." Brausch said.

The levy would cost someone with a $100,000 home about $520 a year.

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