Apples To Apples Or Just More Road Apples?Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 1:36 AM
The MHSD obtains funds through taxes.
The WECRD obtains funds through taxes.
The MHSD built a school in MH, with a bond, and made the public believe it would be the high school/future high school (depending on who tells the story about the sign in front of the building site).
The WECRD has land, VERY expensive land, which sits empty with a very nice sign on it with a picture of a building on it. If you look at that picture and the words on the sign, one would think MH was going to have a HUGE recreation facility...soon. Although the sign does say future and I guess 20 years later is still future. What is a little time among friends?
The MHSD taxes us and promises us great things and responsible spending (I guess opinions will differ on how "responsible" is or can be defined). They state if this proposed levy does not pass, all sports will be cut, jobs will be lost, pay will be cut, etc.
The WECRD taxes us and promises us great things. We have been taxed for right around ten (10) years now and have little more than a VERY expensive piece of ground to look at with a sign that represents a facility 10 times in cost what this community has. Guess we could try for a bond? Raise taxes as allowed by law? The WECRD is hiring and growing! Perhaps if they provided recreation, the very reason the district was created, there would be less of a burden on our schools as far as athletics. Nearly 2 million paid in taxes with very little to show.
The MHSD has a very nice web page. Not nearly as informational as before the bond election but we cannot have everything.
The WECRD has a web page---an outdated web page that we, as taxpayers, pay dearly for. It states that the facility is designed and ready for construction. Further, their Meeting Minutes are still stuck back in February---no current info there to "keep their patrons informed." But we, as taxpayers, pay a web person to maintain that web page. For what? Your tax dollars at work yes-sir-eeee!
The MHSD would like more public input at their meetings so that they know what the public wants and feels. However, opinions expressed on a blog do not count. They prefer to argue with you in person---if they let you complete a thought that is without speaking over you.
The WECRD also wants public input---as long as you agree with them. Here is an informative YouTube clip of such a meeting where public input was requested---just not by someone hearing impaired at that moment. The member of the public, who could not hear, got up and left.
There is a pattern in our little community and that is taxation without representation and taxation without causation. People vote for things because they feel like they have to---like there is no other choice. Well, there is a choice. There is a choice to vote yes or a choice to vote no. I hope that those who vote yes do it based on facts as opposed to the reasoning of the "nuclear solution." Why does a computer lab at the junior high nearly sit empty, daily? Why does a science lab hardly ever get used? With all of the "empty" space at the Jr. High why does the MHSD CHOOSE to pack kids into the MHHS?
Scare tactics and extortion for bad decisions at the hands of people with no accountability. Once again, the taxpayers of this community have been held hostage. They want more money to fund who really knows what.
Vote. Your choice (of course) yes or no. But at least be informed and seek out the actual facts. The state has a very informative web page. The MHSD said they plan to cut 8 receptionists which will save the district (if the levy fails) $221,000. That would mean a receptionist, based on the MHSD figures, makes $27,625 (based on the figures given by the MHSD which includes benefits---benefits account for $48,507 of the total). Not bad for a job close to home with benefits.
Once again, what is the long term plan? What is this money really going to buy? Will any of this money be used for books, computers, etc.? Where/when does the taxing end? Who is in charge of the money and forgot to close the barn doors? Accountability? Long term plans/goals? Balanced budget? Plan for sports?
Nobody wants to see these cuts. The kids are our future. Teachers are special people. Not just anybody can teach, it takes a special person. However, passing a levy to fund more over-spending is not a solution.
Happy voting! In this one, there will be no "winners." At some point, the tap will run dry. Now, the 5.6 million dollar question is when?
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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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