We support our schools, support teachers, volunteer for boosters, fundraisers, pay to attend school functions, activities, etc...
"Clyde is not a financially struggling district. It is a fiscally irresponsible district where 5 administrators make over $500,000 per year. The voters have defeated a levy 4 times. The administration continues to put it on a special ballot, now for the 5th time for even a bigger tax increase."
New levies are a tough sell because of economy, competition from other tax requests from libraries and other entities. School leaders tell homeowners how much extra a year the proposed levy will cost them. Also ask: What other school-related taxes are you now paying? This includes other operating levies still in effect, bond issues, permanent improvement levies, and vocational levies. Ask what portion of your local property tax dollars actually goes to the schools! Property taxes also go to other government entities, libraries, parks, social services and other special levies.
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You already support the schools with property taxes, additional levies and money out of your pocket for fundraisers, tickets, fees etc. But your administration and levy supporters would want you to think otherwise. Be an informed voter.
It is necessary for "NO" voters to continue to show their spirit and resolve in their quest to lower taxes. Undoubtedly, citizens are aware of the dark and somber economic cloud that has descended upon our town. Unemployment continues. Foreclosed homes continue. There are increases in participation in the federally funded reduced or free school lunch program. These are signs that families are struggling in this rough economy. Many workers have had their hours reduced and also taken pay cuts. Others have had no raise for at least several years. The elderly homeowners might be one of the hardest hit when paying their real estate taxes. Many of these folks have had no increase in their incomes. Obviously, there are many citizens that are aware of the tough times that have existed and continue to loom in their future. For those of you that haven't been hit with difficult financial times, please think of your fellow citizens when you vote!
REMEMBER WHEN THIS MEANT "COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE?"
When did schools become about real estate and not about the kids' education?
C-GS has beautiful buildings, but the administration threatens educational cutbacks.
Where is the accountability of the Board and this administration for a financial plan to keep these buildings up?
Is it REALLY about the kids? ("They" say it is.)
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