To The Daily Sun,
Thank you Mr. Persson for responding to my letter regrading school budgets and I was very glad to see you took up my idea of showing graphs to make a point.
The point is well taken. Laconia has less money to spend than Meredith, Gilford, and Concord. That is a given. They are much more affluent than we are. So, the question is, why don't we override the tax cap to pay our teachers more?
Fortunately, the City Council is looking out for the whole city and all its departments. As my graph showed, the school's share of money hit the top of the chart, in comparison to all other city departments. Of course, we could cut out a couple firefighters and/or police officers or perhaps skip doing the roads. But, are they not as important? If we override the tax cap just for the teachers, what would the unions for these other departments want? It would be a never ending battle that in the end hurts everyone. In our country, people are free to search out what is best for them and there will always be better jobs for top people.
To override the cap would only increase the taxes. As we both pointed out, there are more people unable to do this and the burden would fall on the few.
We are not Meredith, Gilford or Concord. We are a much less affluent city and the need is for new business and a greater percentage of the tourist business.
Councilor, Ward 4,
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