Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

After 6 days, Enquirer corrects NCS levy misinformation on election day

Why the rush?

Finally, a correction to last Thursday’s article appears on the front page of today’s Local Section:

Levy to increase amount of millage

Annual taxes on a $100,000 home in the Norwood City School District would increase $12.13, from $114.44 to $126.57, if voters today approve the renewal of a $1.75 million, five-year emergency levy, set at 4.28 mills. The amount of money the district seeks is not increasing, but the amount of millage needed to raise that amount increased because businesses are paying less tax after the phase-out of the tangible personal property tax. A story in Thursday’s Local section was incorrect.

An extra $12.13 on a $100,000 home certainly flies in the face of this excerpt from Levy Committee Treasurer Larry Parker’s March letter to Norwood parents:

Renewal of the levy will not cost Norwood taxpayers one cent more than they are currently paying. The levy generates about $1.7 million dollars annually, and has since it was first approved by voters in August 1992.

Does Mr. Parker, even at this late date, owe Norwood parents a letter of correction with an apology for his misstatement?

We hope everybody can get to their precinct voting location by the 7:30 p.m. closing time to vote on this issue.