To the editor:

In these worsening economic times, it is a pleasure not to hear that Grove City is facing financial crisis as many communities around us are.

It is clearer than before that our money needs to be spent as wisely as possible as these times are unstable. Regarding the upcoming projects that the city has on the table, I would like to say that our money would be better used to promote the city for new economic growth rather than offering existing business entities money incentives at the cost to the taxpayers.

Existing businesses have budgets in place to pay their own way. Why should the taxpayers then give their money to them so that they may operate at a lower cost to themselves while they are self-sustaining?

With the fact that we have current vacant buildings in the community why wouldn't we invest those dollars and, of the dividends, promote our city to generate new businesses to come to our city?

With some applause I welcome the newest venture with Sound Communications moving and the city offering the existing building as an incubator site for new business to promote growth. But with no outlay of taxpayer funds, the city could use interest to promote the wonderful community we have to attract employers and therefore increase the economic development.

Andrew Furr

Grove City

To the editor::

Mayor Richard L. Stage is leaving a monument to himself at the Grove City lumberyard site.

This seems to be a project our mayor wants to push through at all costs. He seems to want to force the library folks to this lumberyard site even though they have cut off talks.

At this time I feel this project should be scrapped. It's too expensive in this economy.

I drive around and see empty warehouses. Maybe our mayor should try to fill them right now.

Finish the Demorest Road park. That is a huge mess.

Bill Kruczynski

Grove City

To the editor:

I attended the City Council meeting on March 16. Although there were several issues I would like to comment on, and have to our council members, I would like tofocus on the continuing lack of action on the development of the lumberyard to enhance the Town Center.

It seemed evident to me that for some reason the entire project hinges on the library being willing to relocate to a new space in the development, so much so, in fact, that the city is discussing paying $7-million to build the new library and for its current property, which has been appraised at $2-million, and to subsidize the library's operating costs at the amount of about $400,000 a year for the next five years.

I am not sure what happens after that. Will the library system somehow get these funds from somewhere else?

In my opinion, the administration and council have not acted forseveral years on developing the lumberyard. I cannot think of a single excuse forsuch a lengthy delay.

I urge the council and administration to set a deadline with the library to agree to move or not, to not subsidize the library and to set a deadline with the developer, Stonehenge, to get started on its portion or get a new developer.

I think the library should be improved and I would vote for a levy for the library. Please put one on the ballot in November.

I also ask that more residents of Grove City express their opinion by writing to your council member. You can do it on the city's Web site.

These are your tax dollars and this is your city.

John Matera

Grove City

To the editor:

I am the levy, 2005.

In 2005, I was a sophomore at Franklin Heights High School. My goal was to become a music educator

But because of funding, South-Western City Schools was faced with the possibility of cuts, including extracurricular activities which meant for me no band or advance placement classes. Without these courses, the probability of receiving any scholarship money was bleak.

Because of the support of my community, the levy did pass. I was able to list extracurricular activities on my college and scholarship applications, including All- State Honors Band, National Honor Society, French Club, Marching and Jazz Band.

Without the passage of the 2005 levy, I would not have had these opportunities in high school.

In 2007, I did receive a music scholarship to Capital University, where I am currently a music education major.

Four years later, the SWCS District is faced with the possibility of the same cuts. There are 21,000 children who need you to vote yes on Issue 15. The children of SWCS need the chance to compete for the same college opportunities that I have had.

Robert Ragland Jr.


To the editor:

The future of South-Western City Schools and its 21,000 students is in the hands of voters.

On May 5, voters will decide if SWCS, Ohio's sixth-largest district, will continue to make strides in educating our children and preparing them for college, careers and their futures, or if another $6.3-million in cuts should be implemented.

By casting a ballot for Issue 15, an 8.3-mill, 4-year operating levy, SWCS voters will decide if they want to eliminate athletic programs, drama productions, student council, district-provided tutoring, marching band, foreign language clubs, choir concerts, and all other extra-curricular activities and clubs.

Voters will decide if school buildings and recreation centers will close their doors at the end of each school day, eliminating, among other things, latchkey, recreational sports programs, PTA meetings and school dances.

Voters will decide if the Harrisburg Elementary and Kingston schools will be shut down and if quality teachers and staff members are let go.

Voters will decide if busing for the district's four high schools will be eliminated.

Issue 15 will not bring back any previous cuts, but it will help stop the bleeding.

The cost to property owners is approximately 75 cents a day for $100,000 valuation, and property owners will not see the increase in their taxes until 2010.

A vote for Issue 15 says that we do value education, want our children to succeed and are willing, even in these tough times, to do what it takes to make that happen.

Jill Billman-Royer

Grove City

To the editor:

We would like to respond to the many letters that have appeared in the local papers concerning school funding and the upcoming levy for the South-Western City Schools.

The way we fund all schools in Ohio has been determined to be unconstitutional and we agree with all of you that school funding should be changed in Ohio.If you would like to see school funding changed in Ohio, please contact the lawmakers in our state to help make this change.Failing school levies over and over again will not help make this change.

Please do not make the mistake of saying no to each new kindergarten class, no to our intermediate school band and orchestra members, no to our middle school athletes, and no to the high school classes of 2009 and beyond. A no vote for the 21,000 kids of the South-Western City Schools, the sixth largest in the state, only hurts them and will not change school funding.

Many of the letter writers say they are tired of the schools system "always asking" for money. Under the current funding system and laws, school systems must have a balanced budget in order to operate.

Funding our schools through property tax levies is not the choice of SWCS, it's the only option.

Just demanding more and more cuts will not help make our schools great places to learn and grow.

This is just our take on the situation and we certainly value the democratic way of voting on issues like school levies.

Whether you agree with us or not, we encourage everyone in the SWCS to get registered to vote, homeowner or not, and make their vote count on May 5.

Matt and Carrie Weikert

Grove City