EVERYONE -- TIME TO BE OUTRAGED. Please contact Rep. Jeffrey Thompson (1-800-382-9841) and also Rep. Stemler (1-800-382-9842) and put a stop to this bill. It will raise the threshold for school districts to be able to issue bonds WITHOUT taxpayers consent. Right now a project costing under $2 million can be approved by Board vote only. If this bill passes, the threshold will be raised to $10 million with only Board approval (which means that ALL of the bonds that we are trying to stop during this Petition and Remonstrance process would pass automatically).
Also, the threshold for bond projects that are subject to the Petition and Remonstrance process will be raised from $2 million to $10 million --- to $10 million to $20 million for school districts the size of Greater Clark.
If the thresholds are raised there are NO limitations on the number of these "projects" that can be undertaken. Greater Clark (or any other school district) could issue millions and millions of bonds without our consent. This means that the current $22 million in bonds being proposed by Greater Clark could be issued WITHOUT our input. So if the voters say NO to the current Petition and Remonstrance process, Dr. Melin could issue these bonds anyway if this bill should pass.
STOP this bill NOW. Contact your legislators and say NO. We are NOT the schools' piggy bank. They cannot and should not bypass the will of the people who are expected to pay for all these bonds. Time to speak up. Time to stop the underhanded, manipulative methods being proposed to undermine the taxpayers.
It is also very suspicious that this bill was introduced on January 4, 2017 --- just a few weeks after we got over 500 signatures necessary to push the current bond proposals to the full Petition and Remonstrance process. There is no doubt that the administration at Greater Clark knows about this bill. ALL taxpayers -- whether you are for or against the current proposal -- should be outraged. DO NOT BYPASS the people who will be expected to pay for all this debt. This is WRONG. If this passes, Dr. Melin could issue $100 million or more by breaking his projects up into $10 million or less segments. Absolutely despicable.
Just some observations.
The voters and tax payers do get a say on how schools effect taxes and through elections, consent. This is why it is important to elect strong school board members. (Arguably something we have a hard time doing around here.) Regardless of what is within a referendum, it has to be approved by the school board (not the superintendent) before it can go on the ballot.
Same goes with bonding of projects. It is not the superintendent, it is the school board who approves them. The superintendent's job is to figure out how to have the best schools from an aspect of buildings & maintenance to educational offerings. If it is building needs that requires funding, then that superintendent brings it to the Elected School Board. They vote yes or no.
So why is this a constant attack on Dr. Melin and not an outcry to the members of the school board?
If you do not like what your school corp. is doing with your tax $$, do not re-elect them, anyone that has admitted to felony theft, or anyone who supports (in other words did not demand the resignation of...) the person who is an admitted felon for theft.
Addressing the 'piggy bank' comment... Technically we are. All of the funding of the school corps come from tax payers. Again, this is why School Board is a very important elected position that people seem to overlook when attacking the superintendent personally.
I understand some people locally do not like the what is going on within GSSC as they try to upgrade 3 schools. But I have yet to see the "NO" people offer up any ideas or solutions. Are there any or is this an attack of the school board and the current superintendent? I'm seriously curious. From the outside, it looks like it is not something against the schools but instead the superintendent. So if that is the case, is this not being short sighted at the cost of the children?
HB1043 has little to do with GCCS but more to do with every single school district across the state. This bill simply gives more authority to the local elected officials (the school board). This is something that so many people on Chatter have historically supported and typically want to happen. Less state and federal oversight and more local control. I fail to see how this is not following the "will of the people".
Why is this situation any different? You either want less state oversight for the local elected officials to have better control of what is happening or you do not. I swear there are people on here who would complain about how much a brick of gold weighs if you tried to give it to them.
Look, if you think that River Valley, Charlestown Middle, and Northhaven Elementary should have walls that go up to the ceiling so the rooms are separated and doors to the class rooms, hopefully you signed yellow. If you don't then sign blue.
If you think there is $22,000,000 hidden in the books somewhere within GCCS so there is no request needed from the elected school board, then run for school board and find it.
HB 1043 passed the house 98-2.
Roll Call: Bill PassedHB 1043 95-2-2-1
Local support includes Rep. Clere, Rep. Stemler, Rep. Engleman, Rep. Davisson, Rep. Goodin
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Edited by OpenEars, 07 March 2017 - 04:58 PM.