Taxpayers in the Olentangy Local School District are about 30 days away from a levy vote and the superintendent, and by association the school board, have publicly admitted that "no large-scale informational community meetings" were scheduled to give the community a chance to ask questions about the levy.

To the editor:

Taxpayers in the Olentangy Local School District are about 30 days away from a levy vote and the superintendent, and by association the school board, have publicly admitted that "no large-scale informational community meetings" were scheduled to give the community a chance to ask questions about the levy.

What happened to an old-fashioned democratic town hall meeting where the taxpayer can ask questions and get answers? What's wrong with that? The district provided several of these opportunities when they were pushing the 2008 levy vote. Why not this time? What happened to transparency and access to the product we fund?

I want to vote for this levy but I would like to know the concerns of my fellow taxpayers. This board and superintendent owe the community access to the answers they need. Shutting out public debate serves no purpose in helping me and the Olentangy community make informed decisions.

Let's regroup in the final days before the May 3 election and demand public meetings be held to discuss this important issue.

Randy Berry
Powell