DU president supports Granville Schools earned income tax
By Adam Weinberg
As published in the Newark Advocate April 18, 2018
I am writing in support of the levy to support the Granville Schools. No community is stronger than its schools. And Granville is fortunate to have outstanding schools. We owe a debt of gratitude to our teachers, staff and school administrators. Now they need our help supporting the work they do.
This levy is different. Rather than relying on property taxes, it relies on earned income. To me, this seems like a fairer way to fund our schools. The financial burden is more likely to fall on those families who have children in school, and who are able to pay. In other words, we pay based on what we earn, not based on the value of our homes.
If passed by votes, the earned income tax will take effect in 2019, and five percent of the current property tax will be allowed to expire. Some of us will pay more and some of us will pay less. I will pay more. While nobody likes taxes, I also realize the benefit that our family receives every day. Our daughter goes to an outstanding school where she is taught by fantastic teachers, surrounded by great friends, and participates in an array of activities.
I also have lived through the failure of a community to support its schools. Before moving to Granville, we lived in a community where schools were not adequately funded. As the president of a local organization, we lost staff because they had lost faith in the schools. It became hard to recruit new families because they wanted their children in a better school district. I learned the hard way what happens when communities stop funding schools adequately.
I would encourage everyone to vote “Yes” for the levy. Nobody wants to pay higher taxes. Our taxes are already high, but schools are not the place to fight the tax battle. Granville is a strong community. Our generation is enjoying the strength of Granville. We owe it to the next generation to make sure we leave the community strong. No community stays strong without excellent schools. And none of our children are going to do well in life without a quality education.
I also want to thank the Board of Education that spent a year looking into different funding mechanisms. I appreciate the time a group of concerned citizens volunteered to look into this issue. At first, I was skeptical of this new approach. But, as I learned more, I came to understand why this is the fairest way to keep our schools strong.
Please support the next generation with a “Yes” vote on the levy. As someone who will pay more, the levy has my full support.
Adam Weinberg is President of Denison University and a Granville resident.