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Upper Arlington Residents Sound off on School Levy
UPPER ARLINGTON (Ken Hines) --Supporters and opponents of a $6 million school levy are making cases for their respective sides before voters decide the issue in November.
If passed, Issue 52 will cost Upper Arlington District homeowners an extra $140 per year in taxes for every $100,000 of value.
Supporters believe that cost is outweighed by the negative consequences that could occur if the levy fails, as was the case with a more expensive measure in 2012, the rejection of which was followed by the elimination of 30 positions.
"If this levy doesn't pass, we are going to let 68 people go," Greg Overmyer said. "That would be on top of the 30 we already let go. A total of 98 -- that would be like wiping out an entire elementary school."
Issue 52 opponent Bill Gable does not share Overmyer's view that the extra money is needed within the district. He believes the salaries of Upper Arlington teachers are unsustainable, and doubts that the number of potential job cuts is as high as the levy's supporters have claimed.
"If in fact they believe that, the only reason is to give remaining teachers compensation packages two to three times the rate of inflation," Gable said.
People on both sides of the issue have told ABC 6/FOX 28 they intend to maintain respect for one another as they voice their opinions ahead of the November vote.