To the editor:
We knew nine years ago that moving to Amherst would be good for our family, but we had no idea just how great it would be. Our kids often talk about how happy they are that we moved here.
As parents, we have seen firsthand the high quality academics, arts, and athletic programs available to students in Amherst. Our oldest two have graduated from Steele High School and our youngest will graduate from Steele this year. Along the way, we have met many wonderful people who have helped make Amherst our home. This truly is a very caring and close knit community and we are proud to live here.
Just like any resident, we want excellent schools at a low tax rate. Issue 21 represents a tremendous value to the community. The state’s $14.2 million offer gives us an opportunity to consolidate to four buildings, build a new elementary, and upgrade HVAC at Nord Middle School and Steele — without raising taxes. To be fair, Issue 21 would effectively extend the bond issue scheduled to expire in 2029 an additional 12 years to 2041.
I encourage residents to consider how much we will save long-term by streamlining operations and ending expensive emergency repairs to HVAC, plumbing, etc. Conservative calculations indicate we will save at least $500,000 annually, allowing our district to maintain some of the lowest property taxes in Lorain County — currently the third lowest of 14 school districts!
Please join us in voting for Issue 21. Issue 21 keeps our high quality education at a great value for all Amherst taxpayers. As always, thank you for your support for Amherst students and educators. Go Comets!
Steve and Marie Sayers