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$3 million, really? Vote no on 244 levy

Letter to the Editor

Board Chair Dominguez stated the board has been “good stewards” but didn’t feel they can cut $1 million from budget due to SRS funding shortfall. This same time last year, I asked how the board was preparing for possible shortfall. Reply was “ask for more money.” The board has been anticipating this shortfall for over two years, yet they did nothing.

At the November board meeting, “Good Stewards” approved an additional $7,000 for teacher leadership premiums, giving teachers opportunity for additional financial gain. District Office staff salaries for 2017-2018 are approximately $626,538 plus an additional $300,000 for benefits totaling $916,538 (figures were all obtained from the district website). Perhaps cuts could start here.

With stewards like these, property owners will soon have to start applying for financial assistance to pay their property tax bill. Vote no on March 13.

Mary Ann Blees



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