Pounds: For Issues 2, 24Written by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Lucas County and Toledo voters take to the polls Nov. 5, they will face choices on three levies. I expressed strong support for Issue 1, a renewal levy for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, in the Oct. 20 issue. After much discussion with local business and political leaders, I also urge passage of Issue 2, a replacement levy for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Issue 24, the renewal levy for Toledo Public Schools (TPS).
Issue 2, which replaces two existing levies and adds one mill for a total of 1.8 mills, supports programs for infants born with developmental disabilities; job training and employment opportunities; transportation services; and residential support services. The Board of Developmental Disabilities has done its work as a steward of public funds with integrity. Its levy request has been endorsed by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lucas County Commissioners, the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters union and UAW.
John Trunk, superintendent of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, told Toledo Free Press the issue was meant to bring the levies up to today’s values, while adding $1 million of funding to support the organization’s programs.
“We are certainly going to be continuing to provide vital services to young children, like early intervention programs, [and] support adults in rehabilitation and employment arrangements,” Trunk said. “We will continue to use those tax dollars to help provide residential support that many individuals rely on. More specifically, we will use some of those new dollars to focus on the aging caregiver waiting list.”
Also on the ballot this November is Issue 24, a 6.5 mill, five-year renewal levy from TPS.
“The levy is an operating levy for us, so it takes care of things like keeping lights on in classrooms to paying teacher salaries,” said TPS communications director Patty Mazur. “It’s also a renewal levy, so people have already budgeted it into their monthly bills.”
The levy would reportedly cost the owner of a $60,000 property $104.55 per year.
Interim Superintendent Romules Durant has rallied the community and brought a calm and confidence to his initial days in office. There are legitimate ongoing concerns about the TPS Board of Education, but the TPS renewal levy deserves community support.
Passing issues 1, 2 and 24 will strengthen our community and illustrate a vote of confidence in Toledo’s future.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com.