Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive

Update on MLSD funding

While tweaks to the proposed budget for the State of Ohio that could negatively impact the Manchester Local School District have been made, the changes aren’t as significant as many would like to see.

The provision within the budget that allows the elimination of tangible personal property taxes to electrical plants was retained within the Senate’s version of the budget. The MLSD received $5.3 million in 2013 from Dayton Power and Light plants in the area — or about 42 percent of their total budget.

Despite that, an amendment was added that would allow for replacement payments to extend to future new investment, including rate increases from future levies.

Even though the amendment was added, the Ohio School Board Association will ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto the budget in order to allow for more discussion about this provision.

“In any case, we believe the insertion of this major policy change into a budget bill at the 11th hour with no opportunity for public testimony is inappropriate,” an email from the OSBA read. “Because time is so short for weighing in with the governor on requests for gubernatorial vetoes, we will submit a request to the governor to veto this provision and we urge you to do the same.”

State Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, voted in favor of the Senate’s version of the budget on June 18 before it was unanimously rejected by the House of Representatives and brought before a joint committee. Uecker was unable to be reached for comment before this story went to print.

Director of legislative services for the OSBA, Damon Asbury, told The People’s Defender that additional discussion should be allowed on this issue.

“We think regardless of the merits of the idea, it’s so complex that it requires additional conversation,” Asbury said. “It’s supposed to be a democratic process with an opportunity for everyone to get their two cents in. Instead, we’ll be working out the kinks and the consequences afterwards.”

Debate on the Senate floor on Thursday afternoon about the budget addressed the elimination of tangible property taxes for electrical companies on numerous occasions. Most seemed to be in support of the provision, even those who were planning to reject the proposed budget, like Senator Tom Sawyer, D-Akron.

“Most of us could agree with most of what is in this budget,” Sawyer said on the Senate floor Thursday. “I like the hold harmless provisions included for TPP losses. This is a good thing. But we still have yet to establish a bipartisan process that determines what it costs to educate our children and fund it.”

Manchester Board Vice-President Richard Foster said that while the news may not seem as grim as it did a few days ago, the news still isn’t what the district was hoping for.

“It may not be as painful as what was proposed,” Foster said. “The portion of the legislation isn’t going to be totally removed. Senator Uecker said there’s too much support for it in the Senate. It’s not very encouraging.”

Foster said that while his district may be “held harmless” and receiving alternative funding designed to make up for the lost tangible personal property tax revenue, he remains unsure of the future.

“This is significant news for Manchester,” Foster said. “What is the downstream effect here? How vulnerable are we in the future? If that funding comes from a different pot how vulnerable is that pot two years from now? And then there’s the possibility of of power company customers seeing an increase in their bills. This changes a lot more than [school funding].”

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