Anti-school levy mailer in BG sparks debate ahead of election day

Published: Oct. 30, 2019 at 10:10 PM EDT
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Bowling Green City Schools are hoping the third time's the charm, going back to the voters with a levy request. Recently, residents got a flyer in the mail listing reasons to vote no. The superintendent says the information on that mailer is misleading and some of it is simply false.

The levy would pay to consolidate the three current elementary schools into one.

*Correction* The measure would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $56.04 a year. In addition to that, residents would see a quarter percent income tax increase which would be an extra $13.80 per month for a median family income in BG of $66,215.

Both sides are digging in to what's been a divisive issue.

Election Day is just days away. The debate over the school levy in Bowling Green is heating up.

"We don't want consolidated elementary. I mean we speak that with our vote," said Vicki Venn. She's part of the anti-levy group Citizens Against Consolidation.

"Educationally that centralized elementary is the best option for us," said BG superintendent Francis Scurci.

A "vote no" mailer went out over the weekend which frustrates Scurci. He calls it a scare tactic saying it's full of misleading points.

"You're entitled to vote no and you're entitled to say you're against things, but when you start to spread misinformation, untruths, that's really that's below board," said Scurci.

Vicki Venn's yard is full of "vote no" signs. Citizens Against Consolidation sent out the flyers.

"I think you have to look past some of the minor discrepancies in that and look at the point that's coming across which is that we've said no twice. We're going to say no a third time. Start listening to us," said Venn.

Some BG parents 13abc spoke with say they're leaning toward voting yes.

"I find it kind of disheartening that they would post misinformation like they did. It doesn't help anybody. Plus, there were a lot of spelling mistakes," said parent Shawn Beaverson.

"There's all kinds of misleading information out there. So, you really have to do your homework," said parent Jaclyn Calderon.

The security aspect of housing all elementary students in one building is another debated point.

"That's gotten a lot of support from our police department and fire department. If there is an emergency, responding to one location is better than trying to get across town," said Scurci.

"If you have a school shooting do you want all of your kids on one campus where you have to fear where's my high schooler, where's my middle schooler, where's my elementary schooler?" said Venn.

Both sides are passionate, hoping you'll get informed and head to the polls.

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