Schools, cut budgets

So here we go again. The Bellevue Schools need more money. OK class, here is a little math problem for you. Your inco
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

So here we go again. The Bellevue Schools need more money.

OK class, here is a little math problem for you. Your income tax to Bellevue Schools is 0.5 percent. The school board wants to raise that by 0.75 percent. But that would be a gross mistake. In fact it is a whopping 150 percent, that's right, a one hundred fifty percent increase in income taxes.

Look at your 2006 W-2 and find the amount paid in income tax to Bellevue Schools. Now multiply that amount by 1.5 and you will see how much your tax will increase. Now add in last year's tax, yep, that's 150 percent more -- quite a hefty increase, don't you think? So if you paid $100 last year, you will pay $250 this year. If you paid $200 last year, next year you will pay $500. What did that do to your family budget? This is over and above the property tax you are paying.

Now I have a suggestion for our esteemed school board. Make some cuts. Oh, I know the board is going to ask, where do we make these cuts? I don't know, I'm not on the school board. You're the one that wanted the job. You're the one who promised to do the right thing. You're the one who is looking at the budget. Now get to work. Cut the budget. Oh, I forgot -- think about the children, it's all for the children. I am thinking about the children. Mine like to eat and wear shoes. It's time the school board gets the message. Stop asking for more money, cut the budget! If you don't think you can do this, resign. Lack of money is not the problem. Lack of responsibility is.

Richard Hawkins

Bellevue