To The Daily Sun,
In the wee hours of Friday morning I read an article in The Sun about the proposed Gilford School District's collective bargaining agreement. Superintendent Kirk Beitler was quoted as saying, "The amount to be raised by property taxes to cover the collective bargaining agreement in year 2018-2019 is actually less than what we would be needing to raise in the 2017-2018 school year, and it goes down each year."
Now, I know Mr. Beitler is an educated man so he must know that this statement is patently false, which means he is intentionally telling the public something that he knows is not true. Must of us would refer to this as lying, not a good thing to do when you are overpaid public servant.
Here's the facts regarding the proposed union contract that the superintendent and School Board is desperately trying to hide from the taxpayers.
Here is the breakdown:
Year est. Increase Total raised to cover CBA
17-18 $296,819 $296,819
18-19 $268,198 $565,017
19 -20 $245,392 $810,409
TOTAL COST OF THE CBA — $1,672,245
Note: These numbers based on the unrealistic assumption that the cost of health insurance will never increase. With a known 14.4 percent increase in just the first year it can safely be assumed that the total cost of this contract will easily exceed $2 million and then become the baseline used to build the next round of increases from.
This is by far the largest CBA since the inception of SAU 73 in 1998 and this rate of increase is simply not sustainable with our current tax base.
The good news is that the Gilford Budget Committee voted to not recommend this contract and the voters will have the opportunity to vote it down in March.
It would be nice if at least one party negotiating these contracts actually represented the taxpayer. Unfortunately the two School Board members who participated in the negotiations have no mercy on the taxpayers and one actually has an offspring who is subject to the contract. Can you say conflict of interest?
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