To the Editor: BG board must learn to live within budget
Written by Karen Wulff   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:37
Everyone should form their own opinion on the 6.75 mill increase that the school board is requesting. Please consider the following before your decide:
1. The 6.75 mill increase equals a 60 percent increase in taxes paid to the schools.
2. Sixty-two percent of our current property tax goes to the schools.
3. State contribution has dropped. Federal contribution has increased.
4. Projected revenue from property tax is up.
5. Average teacher costs taxpayers $84,000.00 including benefits.
6. Average administrator costs over $121,000.00.
7. In 2012 the superintendent was paid over $50,000.00 in benefits.
8. In 2012 over $400,000.00 paid in cashed-in sick leave.
From 2007 to 2009 the number of Board of Education personnel paid over $80,000.00 per year skyrocketed. Why? The number of students since 2000 has dropped? Why do the schools need an additional $4.4 million per year with fewer students to educate?
The U.S. Census indicates the median income is less than it was in 1999. U.S. Census data for 2010 shows the median household income in Wood County as $53,298. This is well below the average salary the Board pays its employees. Is the School Board justified in requesting a 6.75 mill increase when the median household salary has decreased?
When you go to vote on this levy think about families; think about the people who have lost their jobs; think about the small business owners trying to get started; think about the retirees on a fixed income. Everyone knows someone who would fit one of these situations. Tell the School Board they must learn to live within their budget, as we have all had to do. The proposed tax is permanent. Vote NO on the school tax increase.
Karen Wulff
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