Resident will vote no

Resident will vote no
                        

Letter to the Editor:

I moved to New Philadelphia roughly five years ago. I immediately began to love this area. I met the woman of my dreams, and we plan to get married with the hopes of raising a family here. I’ve grown to admire this community and what it represents. It’s a fantastic place with fantastic city leadership.

On March 17 New Phila Schools has Issue 4 on the ballot. I hope to be lucky enough to have children attend these schools. I currently rent, but I hope home ownership is in my future.

I’ve gotten to know many of my neighbors with school children who, like me, are just trying to get by financially and majority of them rent.

One of my neighbors was basically forced to put a Vote Yes sign in their yard by the landlord without asking if it was OK with them. This was very disturbing that a landlord would force an opinion on a tenant, which will more than likely raise our rents.

I live close to the site they have selected. I’m not a golfer, so I can’t say I’ve utilized the land but have seen it many times. I have worked in excavation my entire working career.

It seems a far stretch the issues can be addressed as easily as the school district is leading on. No data has been shown to me or my neighbors to support this site location. I’m simply told, “It’ll work.”

No data has been shown there is even a real need for a new high school, although I will agree there is probably a need for a new elementary school, but I’m simply told, “We need both.”

As March 17 approaches, I encourage our school board to investigate a new location and come up with a financially reasonable plan to the taxpayers of New Philadelphia. Let’s try to get a better plan as we vote no on Issue 4.

Thank You.

Johnathan Hoss

New Philadelphia


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