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Alton School Board has addiction to money; they've never enough

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To The Daily Sun,

It's almost time to go to the polls and vote again and I'm wondering if we will really be getting what we vote for this time. Remember last year a "Yes" on the 18 million dollar Alton Central School bond would only cost 34 cents per 100,000 dollars in property valuation? That was to be achieved by factoring in the high school bond being paid off. (The bond payment was about a million dollars a year in taxation).

A "No" vote, which is what happened, should've produced a .68 cents per 100,000 dollars of valuation in tax relief on our last tax bill. What happened to that money? The average property owner like myself, should've had their tax bill reduced by $200 or more with this savings.

Speaking of the high school, there will be a request for a bond this year for 1 million dollars to fix yet another problem with the building. It seems our "50 year roof" only lasted 10 years. Sounds like another engineering problem to me, but knowing the history of decision making by our school boards, they will again make the taxpayers pay to fix it and give the engineering company a bonus for overseeing the fixing. That's what happened with some of the other problems in the past 10  years.

With that in mind, let's look at ACS. The first proposal for fixing the problems was for 21 million dollars. One year later it was 18 million dollars and now the request is down to 4 million dollars. Maybe one more "No" vote and we can get it down to 2 million or maybe we could trim the budget and we could save enough to offset the cost of a bond for ACS. Of course they'd actually have to have a real plan of action to get my vote. Do we really need one staff per five students and two superintendents and an engineering firm on retainer? Some members of our community say I'm anti-education, but that is not so. When I educated my children I paid extra for a private school education for them, which by the way, cost less than what it cost me per student to support our public school, but I digress. My point is, I think this school board has an addiction to money and no matter how much they get, it's never enough, which brings me back to my question, where did that million dollars in tax relief go?

Ray Howard