South Routt School Board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday

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South Routt School Board meeting

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7 p.m.
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— The South Routt School Board will vote whether to endorse a ballot initiative that would raise $2.9 billion for public schools by raising the state sales and income taxes for five years.

According to figures released by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the tax increases would net an estimated $263,000 for schools in South Routt in its first year of passage.

The district would be the second school district in Routt County to endorse the measure after the Steamboat Springs School Board unanimously endorsed it Monday.

Also Thursday, the School Board will announce the resignation of District 3 board member Willie Smith. Superintendent Scott Mader said Smith moved to Killdeer, N.D. The district will begin accepting applications for the open seat from community members who reside in District 3, which includes Phippsburg and extends to parts of Stagecoach.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district administrative offices behind Soroco High School.

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JustAsking 2 years, 11 months ago

Here they go again. Trotting out kids and schools in order to sell a tax increase. How many of you got a raise this year? Did you have to look at your budget and make some changes or did you just go to your employer and say " I must have more money from you for the next five years because I seem to spend too much?"

Bureaucrats and politicians never want to make the hard choices. They just want more money to spend. This proposed tax increase isn't about schools. It's about politicians spending too much across the board and being unwilling to make schools the priority and finding cuts in other areas in order to focus on education.

Naturally local school boards support the proposed tax increase because they feel they haven't a choice. They need to stand up to the bureaucrats and politicians and say "find the money someplace else. Don't use us an excuse for your poor fiscal management."

You must ask why the government always picks out the highest profile targets in order to demand more money from you. Why is it that they never consider cutting programs and expenses that would have minimal short term public impact?

Simple: government people are not going to cut government jobs and benefits as long as they can get more money from the taxpayers. It wil be business as usual as long as we keep increasing their allowances.

Say NO! Tell them if they can't find the waste, duplication, and unnecessary spending that All government employees will take pay cuts of 20 % in order to balance the budget. If they object let them try to find employment outside of government.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 11 months ago

Or just have more of the kids in their district go to SB. Between Hayden and Soroco, given the number of students they report and the number of out of district students report then about 16% of their kids choose SB schools.

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