Mar 27

Up Coming Events in April

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It is hard to keep track of everything going on so we have compiled a list. If you think something should be added please contact us.


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Mar 24

Tina Lindsay, Logan City Auditor to Speak Topic: Logan City Tax Levy

 
 

At this Thursday’s (3-26)  regularly scheduled meeting of the Hocking Hills TEA Party Patriots, Tina Lindsay will be sharing details on the financial state of the City of Logan and why City Council voted in January to put an issue on the ballot to raise city income taxes from 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Residents of Logan will have the opportunity to vote on the increase in taxes at the May 5 Special Election.

The following excerpt was taken from a Jan. 30, 2015 Logan Daily News article. 

“If passed by the majority of votes in the election, the increase would generate approximately $800,000 to the general fund and allow council to change the allocation to the capital improvement fund back to 90 percent general fund and 10 percent capital improvement fund, according to Lindsay. “The 2015 budget reflects only 2.5 percent of the income tax revenue generated and allocated to the capital improvement fund,” stated Lindsay.

“The capital improvement fund is used to maintain the infrastructure of the city. This fund is used for paving projects, purchase of vehicles and major projects,” she added.
City council realizes they will need to tighten the purse strings when it comes to spending, but are hoping the residents will support the income tax increase.
“Bottom line is, and I’ve said this before, we have appropriated all that can be appropriated,” stated frustrated councilman Jim Robinson. “We only have a couple of choices and that is to raise more money in the form of a tax or cut services.
“We’ve already cut everything several years ago to the basics and the only cuts we can make now would be in personnel,” he continued.
“All departments have had to make sacrifices,” Lindsay continued.
Wages and benefits make up at least 70 percent of the expenses in the general fund account, according to Lindsay.
The city income tax was first implemented in the 60s at one percent. While the city is allowed to implement an income tax, it can only approve one percent; anything higher must be placed on the ballot for vote.”

The HHTPP appreciates the auditor’s willingness to come and explain the reasons for the proposed tax levy and answer our questions.  Please encourage Logan City residents to attend.  The meeting will be held at our normal meeting location, the Cornerstone Baptist Church at 7PM.  Tina Lindsay will be speaking approximately 20 minutes and then taking questions.


(Below is a screenshot of a portion of the May 5 ballot that includes the Logan City Tax Levy.)

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Mar 23

If You Missed Ted Cruz’s Announcement Here It Is.

Ted Cruz Presidential Announcement Full Speech.

 

 

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Mar 21

Government Grant Money is the Wrong Direction for Our County

 

IOUIn a recent statement (see below) I wrote and then read to the Hocking County Commissioners following a public hearing on a Community Block Grant.  After much consideration and research I am completely convinced that government grants of any kind (state or federal) are the wrong direction for our county. Please consider carefully the information I shared with the Commissioners,  then check out the “Learn more about Agenda 21″ section and consider sharing your thoughts with the Commissioners on this topic or others.  The Commissioners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am in the Commissioner’s office at the Hocking County Courthouse.

Jennifer Hiles,

Chairman HHTPP

Read statement below.

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Mar 19

GOVERNOR KASICH SIGNS HB7 – GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO CHILDREN!

 Governor Kasich signs HB7 making it the first Act of the 131st General Assembly…and great news for Ohio children!

HB7 Safe Harbor for Students provisions:   (press release below)

- Protects students against any 2014-15 PARCC & AIR assessment scores being used for purposes of retention, course credit, or in a punitive manner, at any time in their academic career.

- Allows students to take the high school End of Course exams at anytime prior to graduation.

- Protects districts from loss of funding from enrollment count impact resulting from opt out students for the 2014-2015 school year. Waives the testing participation mandate for students enrolled in state scholarship programs for the 2014-15 school year testing; no loss of voucher or eligibility.

- With the passage of HB7, there is NO reason to subject your child to this inane testing.

Go to OptOutOhio.com today and be a part of the solution.

– We must act while we still can. The latest news on the creepy monitoring of our children should prove to any parent that Common Core’s problems go way beyond the testing insanity. Just this weekend… Pearson Spying on Kid’s Private Social Media Accounts &Superintendent Confirms Common Core’s Pearson Spying on Kid’s Social Media Accounts & Orwellian Nightmare Unleashed on Schoolkids and on it goes.   

Article from ohioansagainstcommoncore.com

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Mar 19

Democrats now want to ban 5.56 ammo

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From TheBlaze

Four House Democrats have taken the Obama administration’s idea of a regulation to ban a widely used kind of ammunition — one it had to pull back because it was so unpopular — and turned it into legislation.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) introduced the Armor Piercing Bullets Act, which he said would ban the sale of “.223-dervied, 5.56x45mm NATO ‘green tip’ rounds” that are commonly used on the AR-15 rifle. That’s the same ban that the ATF proposed in February, through the adoption of a “framework” that would justify a ban on all bullets that can pierce police body armor.

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Feb 20

Heidi Huber Talks Opting Out of Common Core Assessments (video)

Heidi Huber Talks Opting Out of Common Core Assessments

 

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Feb 19

CNN doesn’t like what Rudy Giuliani said about Obama. (Video)

CNN doesn’t like what Rudy Giuliani said about Obama.

 

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Feb 19

Contact ATF: Oppose 5.56 M855 Ball Ammunition Ban

by National Shooting Sports Foundation. | Monday, February 6th, 2015
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced it is seeking to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” ATF is seeking public comment on the proposal, so all industry employees, target shooters and gun owners should contact ATF to oppose this unnecessary ban, which is truly a solution in search of a problem and that raises serious questions about executive agency attitude and overreach. Stopped cold on Capitol Hill, this action appears to be the Obama administration’s attempt to pursue gun control by other means.

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Feb 06

PARCC Testing Begins February 16th – Have You Protected Your Child?

Protect Your Child From PARCC – Facts & Checklist

By Ohioans Against Common Core. 

The PARCC Performance-based testing for grades 3 – 8 and high school is scheduled to begin February 16th. The End-of-Course testing follows, beginning April 13th. (Block schedule high schools administered related end-of-course tests in December 2014.)

This means for the better part of three months, Ohio students will be prepping, practicing and taking tests. This leaves the month of May with no academic purpose in what’s become the “testing factory” classroom. Students are losing a third of their school year to test related activities. This is educational malpractice. The tests are not for the benefit of the student. They serve the system, special interests, corporatists and politicians.

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