Earned Income Tax ‘Best Way’ to Sustain Schools
By Don R. Haven
As published in the Newark Advocate April 4, 2018
In May, the voters in the Granville Exempted Village School District will be asked to approve a 1.25 percent earned income tax to fund our schools. If the income tax is approved, the current property tax levy will be reduced by 5%. I am strongly in favor of a “yes” vote. Here is why:
Although there is no painless way to fund our schools, the earned income tax seems to make the most sense. The trend in school funding is away from funding from the state and towards more local funding. In order for our schools to continue to perform at the current level, it has become necessary to come up with a more sustainable and equitable way to fund them.
We do know that our schools are very well run. The state assessment puts us in the top 2% of the 614 school districts in the state. Further, our district’s recent financial audit put us in the top 5% of all the agencies audited by the state. It is reassuring to know that our hard earned tax dollars, wherever they come from, are competently managed.
I don’t know that I will benefit personally from the proposed tax plan, at least not for a few years. But I do know that the community that I live in benefits greatly from top notch schools and passing the earned income tax is the very best way to ensure those benefits continue.