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posted: 3/11/2014 12:01 AM

Find other way to finance pool

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Find other way to finance pool

I believe most residents in the area who provide tax dollars to Lake Park High School support a swimming pool. I have for many years. The concern I have is how to pay for the pool. I have voted no to increased taxes to pay for the pool each time a referendum is presented to the taxpayers.

Here's why:

The Lake Park board and administration have a responsibility to manage the huge amount of money received from taxpayers. Here's one idea: During contract talks the board could increase salaries a half-percent less in order to help pay for a pool.

There should not be any additional tax dollars being spent to pay for a pool and future maintenance of the pool. I challenge the board of education to start running the school as a business. There's enough money. Tough decisions and honest and straight forward contract negotiations must be pursued to accomplish getting a pool for our high school and not shouldering the tax payers with additional taxes.

In 2013, my last night as a school board member for Keeneyville District 20, I told the new board and others in the audience that the greatest challenge to our school is to provide a balanced budget every year, but more importantly to plan several years ahead to make sure we are making proper decisions concerning future changes to expenses and revenues. The last thing I wanted to hear as a taxpayer is that the state and the federal government are reducing revenues to the schools. We already know that is going to happen. Make the right decisions now.

Mike Fuechtmann


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