How would a levy failure affect YOUPosted Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 7:34 PM
If the levy fails the following can/probably will happen:
Eight receptionists now unemployed, competing for already scarce local jobs.
A Gifted/Talented teacher unemployed.
Educators, some who are married to other educators, expected to live through the possibility of quarter of their salary taken away. With this posibility, it brings up the also-likely possibility of losing quality educators who can (and have been offered) better opportunities.
Teaching positions- canned.
Why should you (the taxpayer without a student) care?
A town without a quality education system results in high dropout rates. Quality educators make learning fun and interesting. Quality education, throughout life, brings forth a multitude of riches. Every dollar invested in preschool programs (like Parents as Teachers) "reduce the cost of crime, drug use, and teen parenting" resulting in "as high as $7" return. A year of schooling extra for dropouts would reduce the murder/assualt rate by 30 percent vehicle theft 20 percent.
High school dropouts create >50 billion loss in fed/state income tax.
We lose $192 billion in revenue as a result of dropouts.
Still think $20 a month is too much?
Most people pay more than that a week for daycare. Imagine having to pay for a full day of care extra or having to enroll your child in care for the day that will be taken from school.
Now consider the highly likely possibility that more need + lack of providers = disaster. Two scenarios come to mind.
Knowing they can only take x amount of kids and y amount of children have enrolled, provider raises the cost of care. More money shelled out than would have been for the levy.
Provider decides to be irresponsible, and take in more kids than law allows per staff member because she can't afford to hire more staff members. Children are neglected because of the ratios (hmm. sounds like my classes...except in this case it could result in) law suits (court fees) loss of license (more chilluns and even fewer daycares than ever before.) as well as many other bad things.
Last year, well over $100,000 in scholarship money was awarded to the graduating class. We have the best softball program in the state, the best yearbook and newspaper program in the state, a highly regarded choir, a highly regarded drama program (that produced at least 2 finalists in almost every event at state), one of the top 50 speech and debate programs, a talented band, a talented academic bowl team, a state qualified soccer team, a skilled football team, several talented and creative artists and writers, a top intervention program at east elementary, some of the most academically gifted students in Idaho lead by two of the few g/t teachers in the state, a robotics team that has qualified for state several times in the past few years, amazing future carpenters, talented future business leaders, and brilliant future government leaders.
All of this, GONE.
The revenue lost in our local economy from the loss of competitions held here as I can imagine will probably be great. The loss of students who relocate to pursue schooling with athletics and other ECA's will create more loss of revenue for our city, as will the loss of teachers.
Real estate agents will be hard pressed to sell houses in towns that can provide near zero after school preoccupation. I see a chain of people being let go in this sector.
The local radio station covers HS sports. The sports director's pay will be cut severely sans levy. The board operators employed to help him with his broadcast will probably be cut back.
Jobs will be a lot harder to find for everyone, as the district positions will be gone.
Those who are afraid of our town expanding at all should vote yes to the levy. It will scale us down and push our economy down in a hurry.
I'm not saying the levy is a wonderful plan. It's not perfect. But anger and fear from the lies previous board members fed the community years ago cannot stop us from protecting such a vital sector. It was not fiscal irresponsibility that brought us here (although MHSD has been irresponsible, it was not enough to total the $5.6 Mil (total) we need) but the state legislature scaling down education funding to pay for frivolous renovations. Come November, make it clear that this action is unacceptable, but in the mean time, give a little, please? The tax is so little. In these times, we need to all give a little. All district employees are taking a pay decrease, the students are getting scaled back programs and (most likely) larger class sizes in exchange for keeping this district the way it is. No new spending is happening, in fact we'll be spending less even with the levy.
The possibilities this levy holds and the weight upon it are immeasurable. I urge everyone to vote yes on the levy.
Maybe it is just a band-aid fix to poor fiscal responsibility, but as I like to say, better put a bandage on the wound before leaving for the hospital than to let it bleed until you can make it there, leaving the risk of infection or death open.
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