This is regarding the BND article March 25, "Smithton School District asks voters for $13 million in bonds." I applaud Chris Schenewerk for being passionate about the Smithton School District 130 school board's perceived need for a new middle school because we all want good schools in our community. However, I am passionate about wanting to send my grandkids to Harvard and summertime European vacations, but I know I cannot afford that.
School leaders need to learn that they need to live with the funds they already have just like all the families do who support the district with their tax money. With all the other taxes that have gone up in this state, I have a hard time imagining a majority of homeowners want to see their real estate taxes go up $202 for every $100,000 their home is worth. We know that most of our homes are being taxed at a value that is more than they are worth, but that is another subject.
It sure seems to me, if there is growth, the new homes will generate enough money for the school board to take care of the future needs for more physical space.
And, by the way, if the $622,000 spent on land in 2006 was such a good investment, maybe they should try to sell it now and see what it is worth. If they are lucky enough to get the full amount back, I wonder how many classrooms could be added to the existing school with that money.
Please vote "no" on Tuesday.