Being "Anti" Education In Mountain Home, IdahoPosted Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 10:13 AM
I for one am not anti-education. Kids need an education. What I am against is the sense of "entitlement" that some seem to have and how education is defined and what we are told, as taxpayers, we are "required" to fund.
By law, here is what you are entitled to for your "free" education. The fact that our young people seem to think that education is "free" puzzles me. Nothing in life is free. Anyway, by law, this is what our youth is "entitled" to as far as education and what we as taxpayers are "required" to fund by law:
Over the years, our education system has evolved. Instead of just math, science, language arts, science, history, music/choir, etc. we have sports programs, debate programs, etc. All of which we, as taxpayers, pay for. The youth of today have more options (in most cases) for "electives" than most of us ever thought of when we were in school. All of this costs money---BIG money.
So, now times are tough. Very tough for many. Our state has cut education funding beyond the bone. What got us here? Well, in part, too much spending. Budgets that were/are too big for the times.
I was educated in the public school system for most of my years in school (I was in a private school for 2 years---7th and 8th grade). We had budget cuts. Programs that were done away with because by law, they were not "required." That is the difference between now and then. Way back when...when I went to school, they cut the "fluff" (someone else used this term on another blog) if it was not what was required by law.
In tough times, contrary to what we may want to do, adjustments must be made. These adjustments should have been made many, many years ago. However, they were not which has us where we are today. Do I like pay cuts? No. Do I enjoy watching the school district struggle for money? No. However, the budget should have been modified long ago. Should an athletic director make more than a teacher?
Few want to talk about what higher taxes mean for this community. Higher taxes could make our area less attractive to businesses that may want to come here. Higher taxes based on services provided could make this area less than ideal for residential development. Higher taxes will make foreclosures go up. Higher taxes will make some spend less because they have to divert "fun money" to other areas. Higher taxes will make mortgage payments go up. Higher taxes will force people to look at what is offered in this community for the money and compare other areas which may (and do) offer more. One of the many reasons people live here is because in the past it has been less expensive than Boise, Meridian, etc. That may not be the case now. People are really being forced to look at how and what they spend their money on. If you can live, play and work in Boise...why live here if you can have more for the same money?
Businesses in this community (some not all) are already having a difficult time. People who live in this community are already having a difficult time. The very last thing we need now is higher taxes. It is not just the schools that will want or "need" more money and that is what will hurt this community. It is the big picture that will make the difference for many.
I am not anti-education. I am against out of control spending and scare tactics/extortion practices to obtain funds from people who are already hurting. People are being FORCED to make very tough choices as it is. This economy is a disaster. Most have faced decreases in pay---if they even have jobs.
You cannot get blood from a turnip. People only have so much to pay. Our schools need to rely on less on Government and more on responsible spending. Do not have what you cannot afford, which is the case now, and just expect people to pay more to support what we cannot afford. This plan will force more people from their homes and put some businesses out of business.
It is not about not wanting to pay for education---it IS about NOT being able to cut anymore to support what never should have been. Formulate a budget and stick to it. Work within your means. For those of you who think that this will be the end of this, think again because when the levy is up then they will not be able to get by without it. Once we are taxed---it never goes away.
If the WECRD had done what they said they would do 10 years ago and 1.8 million dollars plus in taxes, your children would have recreation and an outlet other than the streets. That is another perfect example of why we do NOT need more taxes. Another good example is out local pest abatement district. They could do what they needed to do and do a GREAT job with 1/2 the money collected. Instead of cutting the tax and returning the "extra" money to the community they decided to keep the tax the same and buy equipment, etc. I was at the hearing and asked them to collect less and give the overage back to the people for other things that would be on the rise. They did not do it (the ECC's). I asked Larry Rose when the last time was that they gave money back to the tax payers because they could do the same job with less. He said he did not know of a time that had EVER happened. So, if you think the levy will be the end of this education crisis, you are wrong. Get used to the tax because once they get it, we will never get it back.
We need to look toward the future and figure out how to get by on less. The next 3-5 years (maybe more) are going to be tough. Decisions made today must be good, responsible ones.
I urge people to read the laws and see what we are "entitled" to when it comes to education. Read about what we as taxpayers are "required" to fund. Know the facts and make an informed decision based on facts. Look at the average pay for this community and what the school administration makes. Look at what they are spending YOUR money on. 5.6 million dollars over two (2) years is a lot of money. Know where it is going and how it will be spent.
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I have lived in Mountain Home for over 11 years now. I love to be outdoors in wide open spaces (as long as it does not involve camping...in a tent and an out house). I dislike Government waste/abuse of tax dollars and "sky is the limit" spending by those that we elect to represent "us." I value free speech when what is stated is factual (as opposed to lies, gossip and un-truths). I love the Chicago White Sox (I never said I was perfect) and the Broncos are okay too! I am 38 years old and married to a guy who is active duty USAF (and a Cubs fan...he is the "perfect" one). I am anti-nuclear and against further desecration of our planet with waste that we can do little to nothing with. If you dislike blunt, this is not the blog for you. Enjoy!
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