League endorses Children Services levy
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus yesterday endorsed Issue 4, the Franklin County Children Services levy, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
The League examined the issue thoroughly before deciding to support its passage. The League has a longstanding public policy position supporting services for abused and neglected children. With the agency’s revenue from state government shrinking fast, the League recognized that the property tax is one of the only options available to ensure adequate funding for such critical services.
It is important for voters to understand that even though the levy is referred to as a “replacement-with-reduction” levy, it will actually cost homeowners more. Currently, the owner of a $100,000 market value home in Franklin County pays $116.99 a year in property taxes to support FCCS. Passage of a 3.10 mill replacement-with-reduction levy will increase this tax by $28.48 a year to $145.47 beginning in 2010. (See the League's explanation and pro/con arguments for Issue 4 in the Voter Information Bulletin.)
The League has made a commitment to monitor the agency and its expenditures over the next five years leading up to the 2014 replacement levy.
In recent elections, the League has endorsed the Columbus school levy/bond, the Metro Parks levy, and the Columbus income tax, all of which passed with strong support from voters. The League took no position on other local ballot issues in the upcoming election.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio took positions on the three statewide ballot issues.