Top Dublin Levy Donors Benefit From School Spending
Vendors who profit from Dublin City Schools spending are the largest donors to the district’s current levy campaign, based on a brief review of the latest campaign finance report. During the July 1 – October 17 reporting period, Good Schools Committee collected thousands of dollars from companies who are currently contracting or have recently contracted services to Dublin City Schools.
Dublin Board of Education meeting minutes indicate Andrew Insurance Associates currently has a $294,714 contract to provide the district’s property, fleet, and liability insurance. Andrew Insurance Associates contributed $3,074 to the tax hike campaign between July 1 and October 17.
Ruscilli Construction, which gave Good Schools Committee $2,500, lists extensive work for Dublin City Schools on the “Project Experience” section of the company website.
“Dublin City Schools has selected Ruscilli to perform the last five Bond Issues. This substantial list of facilities includes three high school campus projects, middle schools, elementary schools and scores of athletic facilities and fields. In addition, our services have included the coordination of hundreds of acres of boulevard and parking construction,” a Ruscilli web page explains.
Bruner Corporation, which advertises a Dublin City Schools “Strategic Energy Conservation Program” among a list of Institutional Projects, also donated $2,500 to Good Schools Committee in the latest reporting period.
Rich & Gillis Law Group contributed another $2,500 – and represented Dublin City Schools in a case that appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court in 2010.
June 25, 2012 school board minutes note that Huntington National Bank was “designated as public depository to handle cash management services under the control of the Board.” Huntington gave the levy campaign $2,000 in the reporting period that began a week later.
The Dublin Educators’ Association – the local affiliate of the Ohio Education Association – contributed $2,000 to the tax hike campaign. Dublin teachers contributed an additional $2,338.50 via payroll deduction.
Matt Mayer, founder of free-market think tank Opportunity Ohio, detailed in his book Taxpayers Don’t Stand a Chance the trend of school vendors investing in tax hike campaigns to ensure school districts have an increased flow of taxpayer funds to spend.
Regarding a failed 2011 Dublin levy, Mayer wrote, “funds from vendors, who received over $12 million in payments, and school district employees covered the entire $41,000 spent by the Good Schools Committee on the campaign.”
“These types of activities and funding shenanigans occur across Ohio and in other states during every levy campaign,” Mayer added.
Learn more about the proposed Dublin City Schools tax hike in a summary of Opportunity Ohio levy fact sheets for Franklin County.