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I'm a registered libertarian and generally not a fan of governments getting involved in goods and services that can be provided in a competitive marketplace by the private sector. But in the case of internet services, there's a decided lack of proper competition, especially in the backhaul services. As Jon says, the big telcos have had a decade to get their acts together. I will therefore be voting YES.
Laura, the confidence with which you say "another short-term solution ... will be outgrown before it’s even completed" is breathtaking given how much uncertainty there is around the demographic forecasts. It's equally if not more likely that we'll find ourselves with far more school infrastructure than we actually need.
Those pushing this for this bond issue have become a parody of "something must be done, this is something, therefore it must be done."
It's almost as if the budget doesn't matter when spending other people's money...
" I am a concerned citizen who wants the best programs and sports facilities for my children."
And don't worry about the cost.
From the outside it looks like selecting the most expensive, grandest plan possible was the intention all along. Rigged might be too strong a word, but if you don't see that a process that decides on a $90 million dollar plus plan in a few short months is defective, you aren't trying hard enough to put yourself in the shoes of the average citizen, rather than those who live and breathe this stuff.
Railroaded is how I and many others feel.
Ken, I suggest before you start throwing around terms like "self-centrered" and "self-serving" you ask yourself how you and all the others who have latched on to the most expensive option possible so their kids can have the best of everything look to those of us who have no kids but will help pay the bill...
I can accept that I have a civic duty to ensure every kid, even though I have none of my own, learns the basic skills they need to be a productive member of society. But much of what Paula describes goes way beyond that.
I suppose I have a different perspective having grown up in Australia where the schools are much less grand and most extra-curricular activities are funded by parents, not taxpayers. Yet Aussies seems to be doing quite well in the world.
Fifty years of being told that if we just throw more money at public schools seems to have produced no improvement in education outcomes. But this time it will be different!
An unnecessarily grand plan which could just as easily be proven foolhardy by changing demographics as the District's last grand plan. I will be voting against it.
Seriously, an entire article about a poster, that doesn't include a pic of the said image?
The owner and dog both got off lightly. The dog should have been euthanased and the owner given a much heftier fine. What's next, this dog attacking a kid?
Scott W politely describes the current options as "very expensive, even more expensive and super duper expensive." I'd call them the "taxpayers are a bottomless pit of money, let's fund every possible thing on our wish list" options. Whatever you call them, they're DOA.
The redevelopment of Soda Creek - not that long ago - was based on demographic projections that turned out to be wrong. Now we're talking a $75M or $100M bond issue based on different demographic projections that could just as easily turn out to be wrong. We need a $20M option to get us through the next 5-10 years.
So they are talking a 25-40% increase in property taxes going to the school district, just to cover the capital costs, and possibly more to cover additional operating costs.
It ought to work roughly like this: ten per cent more kids = ten percent more families = ten percent more houses = ten percent more property tax revenue = funding to educate ten percent more kids without raising the mill levy.
So why this massive increase in taxes? Are we really going to have huge growth in student numbers without a corresponding increase in the tax base? I doubt it.
The real reason is that there is no school facility sufficiently palatial that we can't throw more money at making it even fancier - I mean people are talking about remodeling at Soda Creek where we just spend many millions of dollars replacing the entire school!
Yet all this extra spending gets us nothing in terms of improved education outcomes.
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