Your April 24 editorial concerning school bond debt pointed out that the school taxes to Belle Valley residents have drastically increased. The taxes for just the bonds on a $100,000 house went from $39 in 2008 to $355 the first year of the bonds and are now $639.
You attributed the “rub” to the Belle Valley taxpayers solely to a 17 percent decline in property values. This is only partially accurate. The real “rub” to the taxpayers was that the Belle Valley Board, led by president Karen Kunz, set up the bonds so that the cost to the taxpayers would increase by 7 percent each year over 30 years. The board then engaged in a series of gross lies which manipulated the taxpayers into approving the bonds by stating, among other things, the cost to them would remain level at approximately $275 a year and could even decrease. Such lies should be criminal.
This only a fraction of the unacceptable and unprofessional behavior which continually occurs at Belle Valley. The only hope for the school is that the superintendent is replaced by an educator and board president Karen Kunz and other incompetent board members like Roberta Barth resign.
Ted Farmer, Belleville