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Now is the time to vote ‘no’ on MCS levy

I saw last week that Marietta College was registering students and encouraging them to vote for the school levy coming up. I wondered if this registration included out-of-state students? If so, were the out-of-state students informed that it is against federal law to be registered in more than one state at a time to vote, and if caught, could lose voting rights for life?

How many of these students are ever going to help pay a cent on this levy? I was also told that some professors were telling their students to vote for the levy because it wouldn’t cost them anything. Now, to me this is stacking the deck. I have heard of taxation without representation; this is representation without taxation. After calling the auditors office, I was told Marietta College does not PAY ANY TAXES! You know what that means – we the property tax payers who are not lucky enough to be tax-exempt will have to suck it up and pay for probably the rest of our lives.

Stop and think. If you lose your job, pension, savings, Social Security, or live on a fixed income, that won’t matter. You still have to pay your taxes or lose your home. Think about that for a minute! We are talking 37 years, not just a few years. Plus there are already six levies pertaining to the school now.

Someone had written in a previous letter about how this will help low income students get a better education. How will this help an already struggling family when their property taxes or rent go up? Facts show that money issues add to drug, alcohol or domestic abuse.

A letter was written this week that again stated how old, outdated and “not in the 21 century” our school buildings were. If that is the case, then we should just start with a demolition of all of Marietta historic buildings, homes over 100 years old and all churches. I mean, if our schools have outlived their usefulness, well, so has most of Marietta.

I think some of these folks should take a tour to Veritas, which was the old Fairview Heights school; St. Mary’s Catholic School, which was the old Marion School; and Oak Grove Christian School, which was the old Oak Grove School. Tax payers were told that these schools were old, usefulness gone, too expensive to fix up. Well, look at them now fixed up; usefulness, 21st century!

Please tell me how they were able to do that without tax payer funds? I would like to know what their rating is. I bet it is not a “D” like our public school is.

One last thing that has not been addressed; the interest on the loan. We all know that the principal of the loan is only a drop in the bucket. What is the interest we need to pay back? Will this school, all said and done, cost us $100 MILLION or more? Once again, “It is not the building that makes the student – it is the teacher!”

Carol Pabst

Marietta