Time for Warren County to pay for Sinclair

While Montgomery County is looking at budget cuts, Warren County is siting on extra cash like a fat cat. Some of this can probably be attributed to the brilliant work done by their former State Rep Tom Raga in convincing Sinclair President Steve Johnson to expand into Warren County without a tax to pay for it. Now that Raga has done his job at Sinclair- he’s got another cushy job at DP&L where all good lobbyists do a stint.

From today’s Dayton Daily News:

The $61 million budget Warren County commissioners are expected to pass Tuesday for 2011 does not have the dramatic cuts that other neighboring counties have gone through.

In fact, the budget is a slight increase from last year, includes the hiring of four new employees, and the county is expected to give its non-unionized employees a 2 percent increase next year.

via Warren budget increases while neighboring counties make cuts.

Maybe it’s time to ask Warren County residents to start paying their share for an institution that was built and paid for by Montgomery County taxpayers for the last 30 years. And, btw- Sinclair is the only public institution of higher education in the State- with zero debt and at least 100 million in the bank.

You’re welcome Warren County, now pay up.

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Well,.that’s a symptom.  The disease is that Ohio has not had a systekm of higher education; it’s had several.
Sinclair, Lorraine, and a few other community colleges get local tax support.  Most “state” community colleges don’t.  The state CCs operate on 2/3 of the funding sources.
Meanwhile, branch campuses of universities are3 regarded by their parents as cash cows, and generally fail to offer the sort of community accomodations that the CCs are known for.

Chancellor Fingerhut has done a fabulous job of unifying the state system and moving toward correcting these and other wasteful problems.   It’s worrisome that Kasich will probably replace him with a Lehman Brothers crony in a year.