I've griped about the bloating of administrative expense versus education for a long time! This administration continues to grow their own budget and want to cut back on educational funding because of the "budget." STOP spending monies on administration and focus on education. But, no, not this group.
At the last school board meeting, Dr. Melin stated that he had Nancy Kraft approach the Clarksville Redevelopment Committee to beg for TIF dollars. He also stated that Jerry White presented to the Jeffersonville Redevelopment (which is a bald-faced lie! He presented, Jerry was there but didn't say a word!) And, he TOLD Tony Hall that he should present their request to the Charlestown Redevelopment.
So after he overspends the budget on administration, he comes asking various local governments to cover educational expenses, because it's "all about the kids."
Of course, the administration is also lamenting the "lost" dollars on property tax caps. Apparently, they factor into their budgetary imaginary the caps (meaning that your property cannot be assessed more value each year despite it's actual value) and seeing that as a loss. CFO Mr. Dykiel talked about the loss of "revenue" ($2.6 million dollars) because of these tax caps. The tax caps were put in place to protect property owners from ever increasing assessments to fund whatever.
"Lost" implies revenues that could be recovered or found. There is no "Loss." Loss implies an ability to find or recover. This projected increase is GONE. These tax caps are to protect taxpayers from ever-increasing assessed property values to fund whatever.
So let's talk about "loss" and the need for the community (read taxpayers) to help. There's tax dollars to be had, let's go for it! I hope they all tell him "NO!"
Edited by Donna, 20 December 2014 - 01:01 AM.