Who appraised the 120 acres at 3.1 million? Is that what the land is worth? Well at least if the school board remains as arrogant and keeps their heals dug in on a mega school may be we can all excape a tax increase.
Another question is how does the bond issue not passing affect the overall financial status of the school district? I assume the 120 acres was not paid for in cash. If not what are the future terms and obligations and how will they financially meet them? Maybe we can get a reporter from TV, radio or newspaper look into this.
Don't blame the voters if your children are in annex class rooms. At fault is the school board by putting forth an unacceptable overly expensive plan. I think the school board members were re-elected bacause voters lacked a knowledge of the names on the ballot. Next election we need an awareness campaign about incumbents so we can vote them out. We also need a full accounting of the money (school district tax dollars wasted) spent on this failed project and hold them responsible. In the event they don't resign is there a recall procedure available?
The conceptual plan looked more fitting for the world headquarters of Microsoft or the presidental palace of a foreign country than a high school in Jefferson City. They claim to be interested in the education of students first and foremost. But it also appears they have a desire and little or no concern with wasting tax dollars on lavish over the top facilities. Their egos must drive them to this. I think they would better serve the public by looking at how Walmart buildings are constructed more than adequate for the required purpose without frills. Then the vote might be different. We need to stop the wasteful spending of our tax dollars and the ever increasing tax burden. We need to challenge our leaders to be more creative not just take the easy way out by always raising taxes.
Also the conceptual drawing looks like it would be a utility bill black hole not to mention a maintenance nightmare with all the equipment needed for heating and cooling. We appreciate the effort and hard work put into this, but we can do better.
With 2 high schools there are many obvious savings. For example they could share the current football stadium. (how many millions was just spent on it) If it good enough for major league baseball and football teams I'm sure our 2 high schools could.
How about establishing another board that meets as regularly as the school board with the sole purpose of reducing expenses and creating cost saving measures. This would be in the best interest of tax payers and focus on reducing taxes.
Our goal should be to get closer to the #521 district's tax rate, definately not move above 188. The school board needs to be creative and work towards lowering the tax levy, how much of their time has been spent on that? I do not want to pay one addtional dollar.
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