Letter: LP-A school bond is fiscally irresponsible
One more time the voters of Lake Park-Audubon go to the polls to tell the School Board and Superintendent that the majority of school district residents do not want this $21,000,000 School Bond. Supt. Hogie and the School Board paint gloom and doom scenarios that can only be fixed with this bond's passage.
What they are not considering is a declining school enrollment each year. In the last 10 years, enrollment has declined by 126 students, with nothing to indicate that will change in the future. What they have not considered is needed repairs of current facilities being neglected over the past years. Why? Also, the stimulus money is not yet guaranteed money, nor are all the requirements to secure this money yet known to the voters.
For the last five years the voters have told the school board they do not want any more added debt. The only thing that has changed in the last five years is that the economic climate has even worsened and passing such a bond has become even more fiscally irresponsible. In this current, hurry up time frame imposed by the school board, voters are being asked to pass something without full knowledge of all its ramifications and financial consequences in both the short and long term.
With federal, state, and local governments running deficits and having to make cuts, unemployment at an all time high, and home foreclosures commonplace, why are we taxpayers being asked to support yet another bond, adding more tax burden? The best things in life aren't things.
The best things in education aren't buildings. The current facilities/teachers are providing an excellent education for our students. The best teaching is by example; teach integrity and fiscal responsibility with a "no" vote on this building bond referendum. -- Bill Hudson, Audubon