The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Voters Must Evaluate Building Proposal Carefully

Jim Walsh, Professor of Mathematics

October 6, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Kudos to the Review for reporting on local town issues, namely the desire of Oberlin city school officials to have a new building built at a cost to taxpayers of $36 million. Any attempt to help the campus community learn about life in our town — and vice versa — is a good thing. I do wish, however, to alert readers of the Review to the fact that there is a growing group of concerned Oberlin residents questioning whether the board’s proposal is in the best interests of the city and its people. It is a fact that Oberlin residents have generously supported city schools by voting for the tax levies frequently appearing on the ballot. For example, we pay property taxes in support of city schools f...

Lorain Libertarians Sue to Stop Forced Tax Increase

Brandon Michael Bobbitt, Oberlin resident

April 7, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: On Wednesday, April 5, myself and a group of fellow Lorain County residents laid out our objections and plan to halt the recently imposed sales tax increase. The lawsuit being brought by Gerald Phillips, to which I am a plaintiff, contends that not only did the commissioners violate procedural rule but also Ohio’s public meeting laws. The people emphatically denied the request for increased revenue at the ballot box in November by a 74–26 percent margin. As a Libertarian, I have many practical and ideological objections to the tax increase. As a matter of principle, I am opposed to any group of people using force to claim another’s property. In this case, we have public servants purposefully...

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

April 7, 2017

City officials are staunchly resisting a recent proposal by Ohio Governor John Kasich that would give the state centralized control of each city’s business income tax. Local officials fear the program is a stepping-stone to state regulation of local matters, leading Oberlin City Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the proposed program at Monday's meeting. The city receives $7.5 million in income taxes each year, but only about $250,000 comes from business income tax. The tax money goes ...

Wealth Distribution Fails to Invigorate Economy

Jacob Britton, Contributing Writer

March 31, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As Americans we hear all too often from talk radio hosts, comedians and politicians about how the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in terms of economic inequality. Perhaps most famously, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke on this issue during his 2016 presidential campaign, frequently mentioning that the top 1 percent in the U.S. owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. This talking point became the main focus of his entire presidential platform and successfully gained him millions of supporters. However, the idea that income inequality is the most significant issue facing the U.S. is illogical and morally bankrupt. There are two important questions to ask someone who believes income inequality is a major iss...

Students Push for Agreement on College Taxes

Oliver Bok, News Editor

December 12, 2015

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

The College owns roughly $200 million of property and pays no tax on the majority of it. Some student activists want that fact to change. Since nonprofits like the College are exempt from property taxes, the College pays no tax on buildings related to education, such as classroom buildings and dorms. According to Council member Bryan Burgess, the lack of tax revenue coming from the College breeds resentment and adds to the divide between the College and residents. “Some people in Oberlin have a lot of animosity,” Burgess said. “The college students get all the same services, but they don’t pay.” According to Council member Kristin Peterson, the College would pay roughly $4.4 million more in property taxes i...

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