SPLOST IV has too many unanswered questions
by Pete_Borden
 CCSD/School Board
March 18, 2013 04:16 PM | 571 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The column, “Yes vote on SPLOST will assure debt free schools”, written by two men who have an axe to grind, as both their companies, Superior Plumbing and Loud Security Systems, stand to gain business if the SPLOSTIV is approved, is a work of art At once, it works to obscure facts, obfuscate the issues and lay a guilt trip on you if you do not support the SPLOST referendum.

Wow!! Just think of it. We have enrolled 8,500 students since October. According to the CCSD website, as of October 2012, the enrollment was 107,681. The authors of this hogwash article say that we have 116,147.  Either we have had 6 months of unequalled growth, or the writers are resorting to lies and misrepresentations to sell you on this Looney Tunes project list.

The smart money is on the latter.

They list, in the first part, the accomplishments of the last 15 years of SPLOST. Pretty impressive until you remember that it cost the taxpayers over a BILLION AND HALF DOLLARS to do it. Yes, I said a BILLION AND A HALF.  The list doesn’t seem quit as impressive now, does it?

Besides, if they have already accomplished all that, why do they need more money?

They brag about getting rid of trailers.  No brag deserved. The first SPLOST was supposed to get rid of the trailers.  Fifteen years, and a billion and a half dollars later, we still have trailers and they want more money.

Let’s get down to some of the ”nitty gritty”.  First of all, as has been pointed out, the threat of increased millage is a farce.  Our millage is almost as high as it can legally go now. If it were increased to the maximum, it would not amount to very much to the average homeowner. 

Second, and most important, do not let them scare you with the threat of bond issues.  Bond issues must be approved by us, the voters, before they become fact.  More importantly, to even get on the ballot, they must specify exactly where the project will be built, exactly for what purpose, and exactly how much it will cost.  None of this “29 million for a career academy to be built somewhere, sometime” will suffice.  We, the voters, are in charge.

All the scare talk about the school system deteriorating is so much baloney. Their accusation that “you do not care about the kids if you don’t vote for it” is also rubbish.

There are too many unanswered questions.  How will they staff the career academy?  Maybe they will increase all class sizes to 50.  Then they could make each teacher teach two classes at a time.  That was suggested by the previous Chairman. Such a statement removes many questions about what is wrong with your school board.  They are also proposing replacing several “unnamed” schools.  What schools and who says they need replacing?  

They say that they have replaced 46,000 computers. Did you know we even owned that many?  The big question, besides who uses these computers since our staff is around 1,500 people, is why do you need another 125 million for technology, etc, if we have replaced that many computers already?

Why is Allatoona high school slated for twelve projects, when it is a brand new school? It opened in 2008, five years ago.  Now it needs work?  Tennis court resurfacing, carpet being replaced with tile, intercom system, technology replacement, band and choral instrument replacement, is all “needed” in a five year old school? That’s not all.  Besides additional lighting on all the athletic fields, the five year old concession and restroom areas need work on them.  So much for quality control and how they spend our money.

A consumption tax is a great way to pay for things because it allows everyone to share in the expense.

But, NOT TAX IS A GOOD DEAL IF IT IS NOT NEEDED, OR IF IT IS WASTED.

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stop the tax
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March 20, 2013
Well said Pete. What makes these SPLOSTS a waste as well as there are no long term visions. Why did they build a new school with carpet in the first place? Bad decision and not thinking of "down the road costs" obviously. Whey are we paying for a concession stand when schools still have trailers? Walton did their new concession stand based on fundraising. Why can't they do this. It is hard to imagine that our F&T committee would even consider this rubbish. The problem is they put in things that are necessary for some schools so that those areas vote on it. We as tax payers that want the good feel like we have to take all of the bad that is included. Very sad and shame on the F&T committee and board for allowing these items to be included. Look long range and not just 1 or 2 years to make sure the work we do is good for the long hall!
Readmopaper
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March 19, 2013
This will never end until somehow the elections are forced to regular election dates.

The use by E-SPLOST advocates of statements that are "economical with the truth" should be enough to convince a rational person to vote NO. If the story of E-SPLOST were valid and compelling, there would be no need to exaggerate or mislead anyone. But, exaggeration and totally false statements seem to be the norm in justifying this tax program. The school district may have legitimate financial needs but this is not the right solution. Worse, public trust is at risk for any kind of permanent financial solution with the SPLOST as an indicator of competence.
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