Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Wade Lucas Gambit

A repost so you can see what Wade-O is all about -- Jim


You know the story: Good ol' Wade -- the selfless educator and public servant -- just wants to help the kids, so he accepts the offer from the Olentangy board of education. Since Wade can be trusted, there is no need to agree to a contract at the time of offer. We are all family here. Right?

Everthing goes swimmingly until its time to agree to the specifics: the dollars -- salary and benefits. Then, old Wade loses the facade of altruism and goes for the big bucks. Hey, he has the board backed into a corner since the board already announced his imminent arrival, and he knows it. Sure, the super majority of the board is a bunch of hacks, but is that reason enough to beat up the taxpayer?

So, the Olentangy taxpayers gets Wade as the new superintendent -- a public servant who is out for himself. He out-maneuvered the board and now the community has to pay his outrageous salary. And, when he retires, the taxpayers of Ohio are on the hook for over $200K per year. Think about that, Wade is going to retire with a tax-funded income of close to one-quarter million dollars per year.

I guess the selfless public servants in education need to be insulated from our current financial crisis -- they are only about the kids, you know.

All about the kids? Nope. It's all about Wade. He outplayed the board and nailed the taxpayer. And he hasn't even started working yet. Here we go again.

Note: The board is voting on his contract today at 5:30. Go and give Wade a big hello for the taxpayers who are paying, and paying, and paying ...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Olentangy Levy: Where's the support?

Last fall, the district commissioned a survey with your tax dollars. What was stated loud and clear is the residents are not supportive of an unneeded levy. Only 36.8% of those surveyed were supportive of a 7.9 mill operating levy and no-additional mills bond levy.

And that support fell when the cost was conveyed to those being surveyed. Even after being made aware of the threatened cuts, 58.5% stated they were less likely to support the issues once the $242 per $100,000 accessed valuation was stated.

First Powell taxpayers defeated their income tax issue. Now it is time for the district taxpayers to stand up against out-of-control district spending.


Notes:

1. The survey is public record. If you want a copy, request it from the district treasurer.



Friday, March 25, 2011

The Baird Preliminary Financing Plan

Here's the document from Baird detailing what I have been posting:


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Funding the bond with dollars taxed years ago

First, a point to consider: The debt fund is the fund that is evaluated by bond rating agencies. During the last levy campaign, the district claimed that rating agencies look at the general fund. Not true. They do look at the debt fund to make certain that the district has sufficient tax revenue in the current year for maturing bonds and interest. The concern is that an increase of taxpayers in default would leave the district with insufficient funds to make required payments. So the district needs to carry some balance. Some balance. Not $27 million.

What of the $12.2 million transfer from the building fund to the permanent improvement fund? Well it's moving into the debt fund -- according to the "2011 Preliminary Financing Plan" prepared by Baird -- in order to allow the district to claim that it is benefiting current taxpayers over future taxpayers..

This is all esoteric financing. Let's take a look at what is being advertised.

Olentangy for Kids makes this claim in response to its FAQ "How does a "no additional mill" bond levy work?"
This bond issue will be listed on the ballot as being for .50 mills. However, due to rapid growth, it will be collected at no additional mills.

This plan addresses growth while keeping our tax rates low. Current residents should see NO increase in their tax rate for school bonds, which results in future residents paying more than they would have under a “traditional” debt structure.

Structuring the bond debt in this fiscally responsible manner creates a situation in which future residents pay more of their fair share. Those already living in the district will see a much lower millage than they would have under traditional debt funding.
First off, relative rapid growth is history. Yes, the district is growing, but not at the same percentage as years past.

So the district is now unable to structure the upcoming issue in order to meet this claim -- the claim is a lie.

The district is using your tax dollars -- taxes you overpaid in previous years -- to offset what would have been in increase in bond mills.

Think of it this way: Last year the district taxed you at 10 mills. This year they only needed 9 mills but taxed you at the same 10 mills. Next year (should the levy pass) they will need 11 mills but will only tax you at 10, and they will offset the 11th mill with the mill you overpaid this year.

Debt isn't being pushed into the future so that incoming resident pay more. There is no "fair share" to be paid by new residents. You have already paid for a benefit that will be reaped by new residents. If you believe otherwise, you have been snookered by the board and administration.

So here is what the district plans to do: It will begin setting itself up for future levy (say 2014) that will increase your taxes. You will overpay -- pay more than what is required -- and the district will bank that money and then claim that it will run a "no additional mills" levy for the subsequent issue. But you will have already paid the additional mills.

You have overpaid the district $27 million dollars (almost a year's worth of total bond payments). And now it claims that it is going to keep your taxes flat -- as if it is doing you a favor.

The $12.2 million fund transfer is part of the ruse to bolster a claim that is nothing short of a lie.

Amazing.

Note: The report from Baird shows that a traditional levy would have averaged 5.91 mill to be paid. The "no additional mills" structure reduces the millage to an average of 5.87 mills. So the distict will save the taxpayer an average of .04 mills? Nope. In order to save us an average of .04 mills, we had to have already overpaid the district some $14 million dollars.

-- end series --

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The nonsense of "No Additional Mills"

Next we need to discuss how "no additional mills" levies fit into all of this.

When I was on the board, before Olentangy placed its first and only "no additional tax" levy on the ballot, I met with the then-treasurer of a nearby district. This treasurer may have created the first instance of a "no additional tax" levy in Ohio -- a "no additional tax" levy is more strict, so to speak, than a "no additional mills" levy. So he was very informative.

Here's what he explained: When a district wants to run "no additional mills" levies, it must never let it's bond millage rate drop. Never. That is true even if the district does not need the additional revenue to pay back the maturing bonds.

Why? Because if the millage drops, then the district will have to ask for additional mills on the next ballot.

Think of if this way: If the millage required to pay currently maturing bonds dropped below 8.72 mills (say to 7.72 mills), then the district couldn't have claimed it was structuring this next bond issue as "no additional mills." It would have had to say that it was asking for an additional mill. So your taxes did not go down -- you overpaid -- just so that the district could make a nonsense claim.

The district overtaxes residents in order to claim that it is saving taxpayers money. Did you get that?


But it's not saving money. It is taking dollars from your wallet and sitting on them, only to turn around and pretend that it was all for your benefit.

Thanks a lot.

This is another reason why the district is sitting on a year's worth of bond-related tax dollars.


First we learned about the interest benefit. Now we have learned about the slick selling pitch.

With this background, tomorrow we can address the movement of $12.2 million from the building fund to the permanent improvement fund.

-- end part 2 --


Monday, March 21, 2011

I knew it would happen ...

A reader wanted to better understand the reason the district moved $12.2 million from the building fund to the permanent improvement fund. It's a complicated explanation, but it is spring break, so let's get technical for a couple of days.

Bonds 101

The district has a number of funds. For this series, we are only concerned with four funds: general, building, debt, and permanent. The general fund is for general operating expenses. The building fund is where the proceeds from the sale of bonds are initially deposited. The debt fund is where tax revenue to pay the maturing bonds is deposited. The permanent improvement fund is used for various capital expenditures (in general, improvements that have a life of five years or more).

Once a bond levy is approved by the voters, the district is authorized to sell bonds not to exceed the amount or length designated on the ballot. The district is not required to sell the bonds in the amount listed on the ballot, it can sell less. Though the authorization to sell, if unused, expires after five years.

The district does not have to sell all authorized bonds at once. And it can select various maturity dates. In essence, the district creates its own payment plan.

Let's assume the district passed a $1 million levy to build a new bus depot. The issue was advertised to be for a bus depot, but the ballot language authorizes the district to spend the $1 million on just about anything (read the actual ballot language before voting). So the district could sell the bonds and use the funds to renovate some administrative suites.

The bonds are packaged and sold and the proceeds deposited into the building fund. The next tax year, the district can choose (within bounds, of course) the mills to be collected the following year. The mills are collected and deposited into the debt fund.

I'll play nice and have the district build its bus depot. The payments are likely staggered, maybe over two years (depending on the build time). The unused money in the bond fund does not sit idle. It is invested and earns an interest return.

Since school bonds are tax-exempt, they are subject to IRS arbitration rules. Arbitration stops issuers of tax-exempt bonds from a earning profit from the spread between the interest on the bonds and the interest earned on investments. For the most part (with a few exceptions), any interest "profit" is "taxed" by the feds.

That said, the district pays no interest -- the taxpayers do. So, even though the district cannot earn a nominal profit, it can and does earn a real profit since it receives interest from the invested bonds proceeds while the taxpayers pay the interest on the bonds.

All interest earned from bonds is deposited in the general fund. This means that taxpayers are funding operating expenses with 27-year (for the most part) loans. Hmmm.

The district can overtax -- ask for more mills and hence more revenue than it needs to pay the bonds that are maturing. Again, money does not sit idle in the debt fund, it is invested and earns the district an interest return. Arbitration is not an issue here.

So it benefits the district over the taxpayer to sell more bonds than needed and tax more than is required.

It's no wonder that the district has close to $27 million over the various funds (including, since last year, the permanent improvement fund -- more to follow) more than it needs.

And it's no wonder that the district does its very best to hide those funds from their true owners -- the taxpayers.

--end part 1--

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reason #1 the Olentangy levy is unneeded

The district currently has sufficient bond residuals to fund the $24.4 million on the ballot. Where is the money? $12 million of bond residuals was moved into the permanent improvement fund last year. Why was it moved there? I'm not certain. But I know that it is not going to be used for permanent improvements. That's right. An internal district document shows that money being set aside other purposes. Another $5.5 million is sitting in the bond fund, and just like the $12 million in the permanent improvement fund, unspent on previous projects. So, assuming the listed projects and expenses are needed (and should be funded over 27 years), the district has sufficient bond residuals (if they trim just some of the fat, of course).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Olentangy for Kids: Are they breaking the law?

State law permits a political action committee (such as Olentangy for Kids) to use school facilities as long the PAC pays a reasonable fee and allows the meetings to be open to the public.

Has OFK been using district facilities without paying?

According the the district treasurer, there is no record of any such payment to the district.

The story is developing.



Note: OFK volunteers, I hope you hold your organization to the letter of the law.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We are all posthuman

It's been a while since I last posted an excerpt from the magazine for teachers of teachers, Teachers College Record, published by the folks at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

From
Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age:

"Exopedagogy therefore is both the means and end to a particular posthumanist vocation irreducible to professional occupation but taking over the whole space located out of bounds yet permeated with a new vision of untimely love together with the new image of thought and posthumanist education." (emphasis in original)

By the way, what's the probability that the above grouping of words -- the concluding sentence of the article -- holds any operational meaning?

Hint: Zero.

You knew it was coming

The Ohio School Board Association is claiming drastic district financial losses since the one-time inflow of federal stimulus money is not being replaced. Not being replaced? It was a one-time inflow of federal dollars (printed paper that is driving our current inflation, but I digress). One-time. It was never going to be replaced.

Instead of using the money to assist with the pain resulting from the realities of a downturned economy, Ohio's school districts (Olentangy included) spent the money as if the bubble never burst.

Well, it's time to burst the bubble of the unrealists who run school districts.

Folks, the money is no longer here (in our wallets), so it can't be there (in your budgets). Make your adjustments -- just like we all made adjustments -- and get on with life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The (il)logic of Dave King

Dave King, Olentangy board member, has always been the Ringo to Feasel's Yoko and Galloway's John. King has never had much to say. And now I know why.

In his
letter to the editor in today's Dispatch, King shows little grasp of elementary logic. Elementary illogic? Maybe.

The non sequitur:

King, in his own words, "We all gain by safe neighborhoods, engaged and successful families and businesses, an attractive workforce, higher property values and broader opportunities."

So how do my school district property tax dollars lead to an attractive workforce? Do my dollars fund cosmetology, skin care, clothing, etc? Hmmm.

OK, cheap shot. But fun nonetheless.

King makes a leap in logic when he attributes the above characteristics to a school district. Does the school district really cause families to be engaged and successful? Or is he just being circular and wanting to state the opposite causation? Or does he even know?

Petitio principii

King, again in his own words, "Our administration has successfully demonstrated that we must have an effective balance between the educational opportunities that we enjoy with the attendant cost."

Can you spot the logical fallacy here? Hint: It's called begging the question.

Our administration has demonstrated what? How?

The administration may have argued for something called balance. But they have never demonstrated it.

We are in debt to you

Finally, there is this comment, "Our community accrues the benefits of a highly regarded school district and its graduates."

Our community and our children accrue only the district's debt, which stands at $390 million, give or take.

This may all explain why King has a "strong trust in the value of education as both immediate and longterm." Immediate and longterm what?

I think King's adjectives were looking to qualify these two nouns: taxes and debt.

But we knew that already.

Monday, March 14, 2011

$8,769 per student in technology, loose furnishings, and textbooks

That's right. The bond issue includes -- get this -- $13.5 million for a new elementary school. Given that the last elementary cost only $7.8 million, $5.7 million remain for (I was informed by the district treasurer) technology, loose furnishings and textbooks. That is $8,769 per pupil. Amazing! Amazingly expensive, that is.

Add it up (and I am being charitable here):

  • use of a computer, network, etc. -- $1,000
  • a desk and chair - $150
  • textbooks - $250
  • misc - $1,000

So, where is the remaining $6,369 per student?

Hint: It's not in your wallet.

Read this entry to see what the district does with excess bond funds -- your money. And remember, the district HAS sufficient bond residuals to build the new elementary.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Olentangy for Kids: more nonsense

According to OFK: •Money raised through the issuance of bonds can only be used for the building of new buildings, remodeling of existing buildings, purchase of land for future buildings or purchase of new equipment (like buses and textbooks). The money cannot be used for operating expenses, which include staff salaries, utilities and everyday expenses.

According to an entry from a district report of bond expenditures obtained through a public records request: "PO: 2608969 ITM: 0002 05/15/2006 Des: REPAINT TOILET PARTITIONS AND Vendor: 006771 - A.K.PAINTING COMPLETELY PAID"


Isn't painting a toilet partition an everyday expense?

To be certain, there is many more instances where 27-year bonds are used to fund operating expenses.

This means your children will still be paying for this repainting decades from now -- a repainting that will not last a year.

Government debt spending gone mad.

The district will continue to get away with this nonsense as long as the taxpayers support unneeded levies.

Note to OFK volunteers: You are selling nonsense to your neighbors. Is that what you want to be doing?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Olentangy School District

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Your tax dollars used against you

School districts in Ohio fund the operations of the Ohio School Boards Associations (OSBA). OSBA then turns around and lobbies the state to directly benefit district administrators. This is to be expected since OSBA is run, for the most part, by retired school administrators.

The latest OSBA email reads:

Additionally, after careful review of SB 5, we believe one specific provision would have unintended consequences. The bill would eliminate the authority for school boards to pay the "employee share" of contributions to the school employee and teacher retirement systems. Often, this practice applies only to district administrators. Like adjustments in salaries, school boards have used this tool to mange the overall compensation and benefits package for employees.

This provision could cause changes in compensation that disproportionately affect some employees, but not others. We have asked for this provision to be removed, allowing boards the flexibility to address the issue locally, but requiring the appropriate transparency practices described in other parts of the bill.


In other words, school administrators are using your tax dollars to have OSBA lobby to keep the pickup, and the pickup on the pickup.

The real nonsense is the comment about "appropriate transparency." The whole point of the pickups is to hide compensation from the public.

Have these people no shame?

Note: The OSBA contribution is not listed on the cut plan. No kidding.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Scooped by the ROC: the challenge is on

It appears I still live in the halcyon days of relatively low taxes and reasonable district spending. And so I missed this little nugget found by Responsible Olentangy Citizens: the district -- read taxpayers -- also pickups the administrators' medicare contribution. Wow.

The Anti-Positivist stands corrected. The nonsense just gets worse and worse.

Thanks ROC!

And the challenge is on! The challenge to dispell the need for a new levy.


Note: Remember, even the pickup mentioned above is for the kids -- its all for the kids. At least that is the party line. Soon I will return to how Wade-O's contract is all about the kids.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The $12 Million Bond Slush Fund

The district claims it needs a $24.4 million bond levy, yet ... there is always a yet in Olentangy.

Last year, the district transferred $12 million from its building fund (you know, the fund that is supposed to be used for the projects listed on the ballots) into its permanent improvement fund. Why? So that the district can claim that it needs additional bond revenue while it squirrels away residual revenue from past issues.

This is criminal -- Wade-O and Feasel sure have some nerve.

Neither previous ballot issues nor campaign literature ever mentioned that dollars left over from building projects would end up in another fund. Yet that is what happened.

So now the district can use bond revenue to fund expenditures that should come out of the operating fund. In other words, the taxpayer is on the hook for 27 years for a paint job that will last three -- maybe three -- years.

Such nonsense.

Keep this in mind when you consider why an elementary school now costs $13.5 million dollars. The reason? The district inflates building costs -- backed by the yes-folks on the Development Committee -- so that it can spend the residuals on operating expenses.

If you vote NO, rest assured that the district HAS sufficient funds to build an elementary school. But only if district officials will dip into their $12 million bond slush fund.


Notes:

1. OFK folks, you endorse this nonsense with your name. You cannot separate the actions of the district from your campaign. The mud sticks much too well.
2. To see the nonsense in action, go to the state auditor's site and download Olentangy's FY10 audit.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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Taxpayers picking up the pickup's pickup

A reader asked about the "pickup" clause in administrator contracts. Good question.

For state retirement, the school district and the employee contribute to the employee's retirement -- unless the employee works for Olentangy, of course.

In Olentangy, the district -- which means the taxpayers -- "picks up" the employee contribution. In addition, since the district picked up the employee's contribution, that amount is considered income and subject to retirement contributions, from both the district and employee. The district -- taxpayers, once again -- "picks up" the employee contribution on the original "pickup," the pickup on the pickup.

So administrator income is actually 11% higher than advertised.

Make sense?

It doesn't have to. But you pay for it anyway.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Concerns in the Buckeye State

The Buckeye Institute has a database of the salaries of all public school employees (the Institute has other searchable public employee databases, as well). According to its latest email, these are the top searches for February by district:
Teacher Salary

1. Brecksville-Broadview Heights City (3,594)
2. Columbus City (3,394)
3. Olentangy Local (3,156)
4. Dublin City (2,369)
5. Hilliard City (2,293)

Get the feeling that Olentangy would rather not be number 3 on this list? Wonder why so many people are concerned about district salaries? Hmmm.

Note: The database is not complete, but it is a start. It does not list the value is all benefits, such as the pickup, the pickup on the pickup, etc.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

A nugget from Responsible Olentangy Citizens

According to Responsible Olentangy Citizens, Sue Mahler, OFK core member emeritus, acting as district finance chair, "reported [to the school board] that the sooner we get to this number [student/teacher ratio of 15:1), the sooner OLSD can save millions."

Instead, the district is lowering the ratio in each year of the most-recent five-year forecast.

How do the current heads of OFK spin that little nugget?


Note: Why do the folks at OFK simply fall in line with the Wade Lucas / Julie Feasel nonsense?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Olentangy for Kids as readers

My favorite comments (unpublished) are those from folks who say something along the lines of, "You never post negative comments."

Guess what? That's right.

The folks over at OFK have their own website and tens of thousands in cash (much of that coming from businesses that directly benefit from district contracts). And I wouldn't surprised if OFK spends over $50,000 of its ill-gotten money on this campaign.

On top of that, the district runs its own media machine (using our tax dollars, of course) to spin half truths and nonsense. Remember these quotes:

Carole Dorn-Bell (then Olentangy communications director): "I must have cut list."

Joel Gagne (Avakian and Associates, a consultant to Olentangy and New Albany):
"The time for some political pain is way overdue in [New Albany]."

Paul Fallon (Fallon Research, a consultant of Olentangy and New Albany):
"Candidly, I also think you should attempt to cull some private campaign fund dollars to have the ability to test questions in the survey that you do not want to be subjected to the Sunshine Law, because they are publicly-funded."

When they open their sites to folks (like me) who question district spending, then I'll let the OFK foot soldiers comment on my site.

Fair enough?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Statistics as a blunt instrument

The folks over at Olentangy for Kids are trying to use statistics to prove that property values are directly linked to the local school district. But their statistics are blunt and their conclusions dull -- but their conclusions tell the story they want told ... just like that old saying, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Here is
their analysis: Scioto Reserve – In the Scioto Reserve subdivision, some of the homes are part of Olentangy, while others are part of Buckeye Valley. Here is a comparison of home sales in 2010 within that subdivision:


Interestingly, I analyzed this very same question five years ago. So I figured I would analyze it once again.

To get the data (I have no idea which hat OFK pulled their data from), I went to the county auditor's site and pulled recent sales figures (from January 2010 to present) for houses (not condos) in Scioto Reserve. I then had to filter out new construction (new construction sales have not been tested by the market) as well as any sale that is not considered an arms-length sale (there is a column on the auditor's sales report that shows valid sales). This is my data.

I then ran some statistical models (you can download a demo version of my favorite tool, NLREG, from NLREG.com) in order to see what the data says (if anything).

It turns out that there is little difference between sale prices in Scioto Reserve based on the district alone. In fact, no one should make any claim whatsoever regarding the effect of the district on property value (based on Scioto Reserve as the sample). None whatsoever.

This is the same conclusion I reached when I previously analyzed Olentangy and Buckey Valley, as well as Olentangy and Big Walnut.

But I am certain that OFK will continue using the dull conclusions of their blunt statistics.