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To the patrons of East Union

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:14 a.m. CDT

From Mike Rollings

Shannon City

I am writing this letter in regards to the Feb. E.U. school board meeting, and Wayne Hill's article in the Feb. 28th Afton Star.

Currently the East Union Schools get $14.94099 per $1,000 of property assessment (according to the Union County assessor's office). If the school board raises property taxes by $1.02242 per thousand, that will be an increase of 0.0685 percent. In my opinion, that seems to be a very hefty increase. I will not argue that the Ms/Sr High may need some improvements, but do we need this big of an increase. Most places are trying to lower property taxes. I feel the superintendent should start knowing the difference between needs and wants.

When our superintendent was trying to sell everyone on the new elementary building, she promised that when the geo-thermal bonds were paid off, this amount would be put towards retiring the debt on the new elementary building. What happened to this promise? If the school has already spent $176,000 (as reported in the article by Biliie Jo Green) above the original commitment, is there any end to what will be spent?

If the SAVE money is spent, then there is no cushion to fall back on in case of an emergency. Whatever happened to spending within our means? As taxpayers, we all have to. I would also think that you should wait until the budget is approved before you get quotes on these projects and an architect.

THIS TAX INCREASE IS ALREADY WRITTEN INTO THE BUDGET TO BE APPROVED ON APRIL 2. I would like to encourage taxpayers to call your school board members and voice your opinion about this tax increase. Or better yet, attend the budget hearing on April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Ms/Hs Library.

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