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ERIC Number: ED374531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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The Changing Role of the School Attorney: Protecting and Exploiting Sources of Revenue for Schools.
Simiele, Thomas C.
This paper describes ways in which the public school district can cut costs, similar to those utilized by the private sector in a shrinking economy. One strategy is to generate new revenue and protect old revenue from erosion through "ad valorem" taxation of real property. Between appraisal years, schools districts can actively seek out undervalued commercial property and challenge its valuation and thereby obtain additional operating revenue. This process, under way in Cleveland, Ohio, annually nets the Cleveland School District about one to two million dollars in new revenue. A second cost-cutting strategy is to make legal challenges to state funding of education. This approach bypasses the need for voter approval, but involves time, expense, and conflict with the state legislature. The third strategy is to treat gas and electricity (utilities) as commodities. In its contract with the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Cleveland School District pays 21 percent less for electricity. Appendices contain a copy of one of two complaints challenging the funding of public education in Ohio and a copy of the complaint before PUCO. (LMI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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