COAST – Stands for limiting the rate of taxes and spending
and stopping the abuse of power by Government officials
COAST Response to Kings:
Superintendent claims of outside group spreading misleading
information - - NOTTRUE!
Kings community members are with COAST, so this effort is
not being driven by an outside group
1)TRUE – COAST was correct this levy will
be a continuing levy, as are all of Kings current levies, which will increase
taxes $217 per $100,000 of home value.
– COAST was correct according to KINGS own documents, KINGS total revenues grew
from $34.2M (2010) to $41.5M (2016).
COAST defines flat funding as a 0%
increase.Yet with the state
funding and TPP (tangible personal property tax) reimbursement KINGS funding
increased by 1%, not flat and they
don’t talk about the reimbursement for the TPP, they only claim they lost
COAST was correct.The 2016 cash
balance by fund report dated 6/29/2016 shows a cash balance of $13.5M.KINGS finance Summary Report and Kings
Current Bank Reconciliation for month ending Sept 16, 2016 shows a beginning
general fund balance of $9.4M with current available balance of $14.2 M with a
grand total of all funds of $21.6M
The unreserved cash balances on
June 30 listed are just projections beyond 2016.KING’S
practice has been to paint the worst case scenario because of conservative
revenue projections in the October 2016 forecast, current cash reserves won’t
be depleted until 2019.Why does Kings need a levy now?
4)TRUE – COAST was correct according to
the Ohio Department of Education current 2015 district profile Report, KINGS has
more Administration expenditure per pupil than similar districts.KINGS recent actions don’t paint a
picture of “Tightening the Belt”.KINGS recently made the Public Relations person full time and replaced
the business manager, these positions have full administration benefits and
salaries which includes 100% of their retirement paid by the taxpayers, which
equals 24% of their salary and 95% of their healthcare costs.
– KINGS voted against adopting the Ohio Checkbook without ever seeing a
demonstration of the Nations #1 ranked transparency program and again denied a
demonstration after a formal request from the Treasurer’s office.WHY?The OHIO checkbook program has set new transparency standards,
which provide interactive tools to search and compare spending data and
empowers taxpayers to follow the money.It’s a key to open government so KINGS claims of transparency don’t ring
true.Board docs, while a good
tool, it’s just a program to post documents.Why does KINGS refuse this transparency?The Ohio School Board Association, the
Ohio Association of School Business officials, and the Buckeye Association of
School Administrators have all
endorsed the Ohio Checkbook.com.
– COAST questions, the concern for the abuse of special needs students,with district’s claims, this horrible
ordeal only cost taxpayers $5,000.What about the $80,000 payout and glowing recommendation for the teacher
involved??What about the
legal costs for the 9 depositions, and most importantly, where’s the district’s
compassion and remorse for what happened to our most vulnerable children, those
without a voice, who endured this treatment.We still don’t know who knew what and when.
and SAD, again no concern or remorse for allowing an environment, where the
former Board President stated, that he was threatened, intimidated and subject
to harassing criticism.How sad,
he had to ask for the school resource officer to attend meetings.
– current enrollment projections in KINGS for October 2016, 5 year forecast
shows 2016 enrollment at 4,211 and growing to 4,506 by 2021, adding 295, these
are the district’s numbers.The latest propaganda from The Kings Citizens for Quality Education get
a 23% by 2020?????Where did this
number come from?
– According to the Warren County Auditors school district Rates, KINGS current
school taxes on $100,000 home value are the highest in Warren County.$1,348.65 School taxes on $100,000 home
value.If the Levy passes the
millage will go from 36.7 to 42.9, a 17%
increase forever.The total taxes
will be $231.81 higher than MASON.KINGS general operating millage will be 42.9 mills, 8.3 mills higher
10)TO THE KINGS BOARD – What have you done
to tighten your belt?When most
districts understand, given the current economy, not having funding cuts is the
most they can hope for, and work hard not only to control spending but wait as
long as they can before raising taxes on families and Senior citizens.NOT KINGS!They went to levy with almost $8 Million in their checkbook
in 2010 and here they go again!!!Only worried about the districts checkbook and forgetting about
taxpayers, who are struggling! The
district has continued to hire at the top while threatening to cut Teachers and
Programs for students, while you are sitting on a cash surplus of +$9 Million. This