Is Sylvania schools using district resources to promote the levy? The answer is yes. The question should be to what extent?

Update 5/9: These activities also violate school policies

Staff members shall not campaign on school property during school time in behalf of any political issue or candidate for local, State, or National office.


Update 5/2: Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Reiger sent the following: No, we do not encourage district email accts be used for levy recruitment. We clarified with our Admin Team & staff members that personal email accts are to used. Also, you are correct that the levy website shouldn't be linked to the district website. Thank you for pointing this out. We have removed the levy website link. We'll do better with this moving forward.

The Sylvania Schools district would like the residents of Sylvania to pass the 3.8 mil operating levy on May 6. So much so that employees of the district are using district resources to promote their new levy. This can be proven by a set of emails from one school and resources from another, but one has to wonder how much more effort they are doing throughout the district on district time.

First a primer:
ORC 3315.07 dictates that “no board of education shall use public funds to support or oppose the passage of a school levy or bond issue or to compensate any school district employee for time spent on any activity intended to influence the outcome of a school levy or bond.”

May 6, 2014 ballot: We're Broke

A few residents in Sylvania have been displaying signs in support of higher property taxes. This is yet another school levy, Issue 3 on the ballot. The Sylvania Board of Education claims they desperately need more money or they'll go bankrupt and all the children in Sylvania will grow up ignorant.

They lie.

Holiday Trash

The sign reads, "FREE!!! I live in Sylvania and just cleaned out my garage for the holidays."

Long-time judge and public servant, Steve Yarbrough, announces candidacy for Sixth District Court of Appeals

Sylvania resident, Steve Yarbrough, has announced his candidacy for the Sixth District Court of Appeals – serving eight counties in northwest Ohio. Yarbrough, who has served as a judge in numerous courts for nearly 20 years, has experience in each of the eight counties of the district, including cases involving juvenile, domestic relations, divorce, child custody, domestic violence and criminal law.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals hears cases from the municipal, county, and Common Pleas courts located in Lucas, Erie, Fulton, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties.

Sylvania Township - Fiscal Restraint In Action

Issue: #19 October 2009 Greetings!

With the election less than a week away, I wanted to touch on one final topic regarding the improvements and changes that we have made at Sylvania Township - fiscal accountability.

Hanley & Liedel Pledge: No New Taxes!

Sylvania Township - Fire Department Update


This installment of my Township Update will focus on the Fire Department, which has been extremely busy the last 18 months fulfilling the promises of the 2008 1.25 Mill Fire Levy. But first, a brief announcement about the Police Department:

Tax Holiday Extended in Police Department

As we begin the 2010 budget process, the Sylvania Township Trustees unanimously voted to extend the tax holiday that I first introduced in 2007. In total, this tax holiday will save Sylvania Township taxpayers $1,050,000 in 2010 and approximately $2,700,000 over three years.

Sylvania Township Election

The next election for Sylvania Township Trustees is getting closer, and I haven't heard much about the candidates. Here's a list of Sylvania Township Trustee candidates and a few comments and questions for each one:

Royal Barber
4033 Mockingbird Ln
Toledo, OH 43623-3212

Mr. Barber is basing his campaign on support of the Sylvania Township police department. The Sylvania Township police do an excellent job, and I see no reason to have the local government start 'supporting' them any more or less than they already do.

Pamela Hanley (incumbent)
4548 Dovewood Ln.

Sylvania Area Republican Club Annual BBQ

Date: Wednesday, September, 23rd 2009

Time: 6:00

Place: Nederhouser Community Hall –Olander Park, Sylvania, OH

Cost: $20 for Adults and $5 per child or $40 for entire family.

DeeDee's Talk of the Township


This issue of my Township Update will focus on the work and priorities of the Public Works Department - road repaving, leaf pickup, flooding/drainage, etc.

DeeDee Liedel Announces Re-Election Campaign

Issue: #15 August 2009
Today I filed petitions for re-election as Sylvania Township Trustee so I am officially kicking off my campaign with a Sylvania Township Update.

Children of Liberty candidate forum

The Children of Liberty held their second candidate forum tonight at the Sylvania Branch library in Sylvania Ohio. The candidates who spoke were Ben Konop, Kevin Milliken, and PREZ Washington. Other candidates in attendance were John Adams and Michael Watson. There were about 30 people at the event this evening.

I Twittered the event which you can see here:

Dead Man Walking

The latest from George Tanber about a guy that survived beyond all odds.
SYLVANIA, Ohio - As Myron "Ron" Skulas prepared to scale the old TV antenna adjacent to his Sylvania Township home, he gave little thought to any potential danger. After all, he'd climbed the tower a hundred times or more, he figured, without incident.

This day, Nov. 17, 2007, a Thursday, was different. As he worked his way toward the roof, where leaf-clogged gutters awaited, the tower, rusted at its base, snapped, sending the 285-pound Skulas crashing to the ground, beneath the fallen antenna.

DeeDee's Talk of the Township newsletter update

Meeting on TARTA Sales Tax Proposal

When: June 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Township Hall, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Road
Several months ago, TARTA officials began slowly floating out
the idea of switching the funding method for TARTA. Currently, TARTA is funded by
the property owners in 9 jurisdictions (Toledo, Perrysburg, Ottawa Hills, Waterville,
Rossford, Spencer Township, and Sylvania City and Township). Currently, they collect

S&P has lowered Block Communications rating to negative due to poor broadcasting and newspaper business

You can buy the full report below.

Resolution of the Sylvania Merger Issue Is Good

They say the voters are never wrong, and that is certainly the case with the Sylvania merger issue. In this instance the status quo is pretty good. Both Sylvania governments are currently financially sound and providing similar services to their residents. My motivation in pursuing the merger was to secure lower real estate taxes for everyone in both jurisdictions and a lower earned income tax rate in the entire community.

Sylvania Township Snubs Plan For Merger

Which should have been titled:

Sylvania Takeover Goes Down In Flames
Mayor Craig Stough Hung in Effigy

But is actually: Issue can't return for at least 3 years

Here's the link:

Sylvania Merger – Deception, Dishonesty and Outright Lies

Mayor Craig Stough and the fat cat Sylvania City Council won't leave it alone. Frustrated with stealing township land one small parcel at a time by holding the landowners hostage to water, His Corpulence has decided to try for all the marbles under the guise of a merger between the city of Sylvania and Sylvania Township. He outlines a few of his reasons in a letter to the editor:

Toledo, Sylvania leaders reach water deal

The city of Toledo will sell water to Sylvania residents at a cheaper rate in exchange for a share of income tax for all new development at Flower Hospital, the mayor’s of both cities announced Monday.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said the agreement would bolster the city’s tax revenue.

Egregious Governmental Abuse in Sylvania

Attention, all residents of Sylvania Township that do not live in the city of Sylvania. You are about to be shafted by the Sylvania City Government and the Sylvania Township Trustees.

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