Tuesday, March 24, 2009

You Pay More Taxes, I Really Don't Want To

Jim and I have been fighting for true education reform and against excessive education spending for 7 years. In all of those years, every time a referendum or warrant has failed we asked those who want to pass tax increases on others to voluntarily contribute to the public schools aka government schools. No one has ever voluntarily contributed to the public schools the proposed increased tax burden or funds to make up the lack of taxes caused by failure of a tax increase to pass. I believe these people really do not believe the schools need the extra funds or they would be willing to find the money in their own budget to give to the schools. Often times those that push the increases have direct financial benefit from the passage of said tax increase.

The following LTE recently appeared in the Valley News.

Spelling and grammar errors as well as typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

Twenty-five Croydon voters opposed the $67,603 cut in the school budget. Some were deeply concerned how this would affect their children’s education. First the parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. Where a school fails it is the parent’s responsibility to fill in the cracks. Second these 25 voters can cut a check to the Croydon School District for $2704.12 each, this amount would replace the funds that were cut. Voluntary contributions on your part will show your true commit to the education of Croydon’s children.

Cathy Peschke
Croydon, NH

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