Advocacy

Mason City Schools parents and taxpayers invest a lot in our schools to ensure that our community stays vibrant and strong. 
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Current Issues

The state budget bill now being considered in Columbus jeopardizes our schools’ financial stability. For anyone who has lived or owned a business in Mason for any length of time, this is no surprise. The Mason City School District has been fighting to retain state reimbursement funding for lost Tangible Personal Property tax funding for more than a decade. If the Ohio legislature does not change current law during this state budget session, Mason stands to lose more than $1 million a year - in addition to the $7 million annual loss since 2011. Many of you have written, emailed or called state lawmakers in the past about the TPP funding issue and your efforts did yield incremental results. However, as the budget bill continues to wind through the Statehouse this session, we need the help and support of citizens in this fight more than ever. Mason City Schools have provided leadership statewide within a coalition of school districts that are similarly impacted by the impending loss of TPP funding from the state. Read Mason Treasurer Ronda Johnson’s testimony that was submitted on June 15, 2017.  A key component of her testimony reminds lawmakers that Mason is at risk of losing this TPP funding because we are home to a thriving industrial base. Not every Ohio community is harmed to the extent we are in Mason from the loss of TPP tax funding. These once locally levied taxes were assessed on business equipment and inventory. So communities like Mason, which are economic drivers in the state, are now disproportionately impacted by the TPP revenue loss. The impending loss means business and residential taxpayers in our community face increased tax exposure due to the state’s willingness to pass along an increasing burden to the local community.
Advocacy Action Needed: Contact OH Senate on TPP Phase-Out

  • Email or Call Senator Steve Wilson, District 7, Education Committee: (614) 466-9737

 

  • Email or Call Senator Scott Oelslager, Finance - Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee: (614) 466-8150

 

  • Email or Call Senator Larry Obhof, Ohio Senate President: (614) 466-7505

 

“Hi, My name is _____________. I live in [Mason/Deerfield Township] in southwest Ohio. I want to let the Senator know about my strong disagreement with rapidly phasing out the TPP reimbursement payments to local school districts that is currently in this budget. Please support the Dolan amendment that slows down the phase-out.”

 

Please let us know if you take action, and the response. Thanks for your continued support of Mason City Schools!


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