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November 1, 2013

City schools need voters to hike taxes

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I recently received a political advertisement from George Gabriel and his New Castle school board running mates.

As a union supporter, I was surprised that there was no union bug (mark) on the flyer. I was not only surprised, but also puzzled.

Here is what they said, “During George Gabriel’s (10) years as a superintendent of schools, there was never a tax increase.”

The millage for school taxes in New Castle for the past 10 years has been 17.27 mills. The state has limited school districts from gouging property owners by setting millage limits. New Castle’s limit was set at 17.30. Therefore, they could not raise property taxes without voter approval (referendum).

Gabriel and the board had no where to go when it came to raising taxes. They showed their fiscal irresponsibility by burying the property owners in debt — $100 million.

They also say in their flyer, “The three of us believe our taxes are too high and will not vote for any tax increase.”

If Gabriel truly believed that our taxes are too high, he would have done something during his 10 years as superintendent.

He has done enough damage.

Ed Kelley

Fairfield Avenue

New Castle

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