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Why Are There So Many School Levies on Ohio Ballots?

Nov 6, 2017
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This Election Day, voters in nearly four dozen Ohio school districts will decide if they want to increase local taxes to pay for their schools. But even more – about 70 districts -- are asking voters to renew existing taxes. And just about all of them are dealing with a nuance of state law that ensures the districts will have to go back to the voters again in a few years. That’s because property tax concerns of more than 40 years ago are still shaping the way we pay for schools today.

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

On Friday, a new monument was installed at the corner of 2nd St. and St. Clair in downtown Dayton. It pays homage to public service and is the brain child of former Dayton City Manager, Tim Riordan. The sculpture includes thirteen quotes highlighting the value of public service.  It features seats on two sides of the monument with an opening in the middle so people from opposite sides can talk with each other. It is titled “The Common Good.”  We spoke with Riordan and the monument’s creator, world-renowned artist, Jon Barlow Hudson, who has outdoor sculptures in more than 20 countries and 10 U.S. States.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
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The General Election is next week. In Yellow Springs, six candidates are competing for three seats on the Village Council.

Business owner Brian Housh is the lone incumbent on the ballot. The other candidates are business owner Chrissy Cruz, registered nurse Lisa Kreeger, Antioch College IT Director Kevin Stokes, business owner David Turner and Wright State University professor Taki Manolakos.

Tuesday Nov. 7 is Election Day and in Montgomery County, four candidates are running for two open seats on the Dayton City Commission. Two are incumbents, and two challengers are running as a team. For this week’s installment of PoliticsOhio, WYSO spoke with Cory Frolik, who has reported closely on the commissioner’s race for the Dayton Daily News. He begins by providing a little background on the candidates.

 

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Early voting is underway ahead of Tuesday’s elections. In Montgomery County, voters will consider a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.   

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The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between wind farms and property.

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With the General Election one week away, four candidates are competing to replace outgoing Yellow Springs Mayor David Foubert.

The candidates come from diverse backgrounds. Pam Conine is a retired longtime educator, Laura Curliss is an attorney, Gerald Simms is a retired Wright Patterson Air Force Base employee, and a former member of the Village Council, and Catherine Price works as a pharmacist.

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Tech giants are testifying before Congress this week about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms.

Wednesday afternoon, social media representatives testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Stream the hearing below.

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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As Election Day approaches, WYSO is taking a look at some of the important issues on the ballot. This year's Dayton School Board race is unusually crowded, with eight candidates vying for four seats. 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, Karen Wick-Gagnet, Jo'el Jones, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacy, and Ann Marie "Mario" Gallin are all on the ballot. WYSO news editor Jess Mador sat down with WYSO reporter April Laissle to discuss the race, the district and the candidates.

 

 

The amount of money being spent by drug companies to defeat Issue 2, the so-called Drug Price Relief Act, has broken the state's record for the most spent on a ballot issue. Backers of that plan have brought in around $14 million so far, but the drug company-funded campaign to defeat Issue 2 has raised $58 million dollars. That big money could yield big results.

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