36 Hours to Stop the Loss of $6 Million a Year in School Tax Dollars


Developing and sustaining a strong professional network of school business peers and allied professionals serving the education community enabled me to learn about an 11th-hour amendment to Ohio's state budget bill that could have cost the Orange City School District as much as $6 million a year in property tax revenue if enacted into law. My professional network served as an early warning system to this potentially devastating reality. This allowed me to put out a call to action to engage my Board of Education, superintendent, local public officials, and community members. As a result, we had 36 precious hours to secure a veto of this secretive budget bill amendment by the Governor of Ohio.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Recognize the value of professional networks with a specific and measurable example of their value.

Objective 2: Understand the vicissitudes of legislative processes and the ramifications on school fiscal sustainability.

Objective 3: Explain the importance of developing robust networks of stakeholders and allied parties to advocate on behalf of the school community.


Todd Puster, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer, Orange City School District, Pepper Pike, OH

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SFO Domain(s):

Financial Planning, Budget Planning, and Analysis


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