A radical school funding option

Ten years plus after the Ohio Supreme Court found the Ohio school funding system flawed- nothing much has changed (other than the authorization of Charter schools- which is a whole other mess).

However, as a property owner, who is looking at a huge jump in taxes to support a school system that isn’t being funded properly to begin with (according to the court) I have to ask a question?

Why does Miami Valley Hospital get to own all kinds of property- and speculate on property- without having to pay property tax? Why does the City of Dayton get to own and speculate on property- without paying property tax (the list of properties owned by the city is insane- I once saw a green bar paper print out- with one address per line- that was over 3 inches thick!).

If the City was forced to pay the school tax on property it is sitting on- it would seem that we’re robbing Peter to pay Paul- but, in reality- what we would be doing is forcing the city to dump real estate that should be in private hands. No costs of maintenance- and opportunity for the private sector to compete for it.

Government is almost never a better developer.

As to “non-profits” like Miami Valley Hospital and Kettering Medical Network- there should be some kind of standards that they have to meet to be exempt from paying property taxes. For instance, a cap on executive pay (this would have to be nationwide to be fair)- but claiming non-profit status while your CEO is bringing in a million plus a year- is not a non-profit. Someone is profiting quite well, thank you. I’m not going to get into the mechanics of the limit- just the idea of it. Maybe a ratio linked to the median income of the “community that they serve” – or a cap based on the payroll of their organization. Also- the tax exempt status wouldn’t apply if they are just a part of a mega-conclomerate. Only locally owned and operated non-profits would be exempt.

Same would go for churches where pastors are taking home millions, mega-churches should have to pay their part for the schools. I’m not talking about property taxes in total- just the school and other public health levys.

What do you think?

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