The Northridge 1-percent income tax needs the support of property owners, income earners, and retirees.

The Northridge 1-percent income tax needs the support of property owners, income earners, and retirees.

My family moved to St. Albans Township in 1975, wanting quality education for the children from a rural country school. For many years I have voted against all levies because of property tax increases. My dad campaigned to get the state of Ohio to change how public schools were financially supported, but the burden continues to be on property owners, income earners, and retirees.

Last April, a discussion with one of my children about the income tax levy changed my mind when she informed me how important it is to support the schools. Continually defeating school levies creates community and school deterioration and disinterest of new families relocating to this rural area.

Yes, I happily voted for it in May and since have become interested in attending the Northridge board and finance meetings to learn about the expenses and operation of the district. The administrators reduced expenses by eliminating co-curricular and extracurricular activities and staff to prove to the residents that the emphasis is on teaching academics.

The 1-percent income tax on the Nov. 8 ballot, if passed, reduces property tax owed beginning in January 2012. Emergency operating tax 2009 decreases from 9.30 to 4.90 mills.

I urge all property owners to calculate their property tax savings, particularly senior citizens. Compare your property tax savings with the 1-percent income tax you will pay from your pension benefit. My property tax reduction will be greater than the 1-percent from my pension.

For calculation assistance, contact Northridge's District Office at 740-967-6631. Why pay more in property taxes? Vote yes for the 1-percent income tax to receive a property tax reduction.

Be the one school, one voice, one community saying, "We did it."