In the past, we have seen many services cut, along with a reduction in our police and fire departments. If you consider roughly 75 percent is going to the schools, the rest is a real deal.
Look at the pie chart on your taxes. Police protection, fire, parks, sewage, water, street and snow removal: a deal at 25 percent. Our problem is with the schools and I don't mean the teachers.
The upper echelon continues to infuriate the homeowners with the continued levies. Just how long is a "no" vote supposed to last?
Our schools, like government and big business have become "top heavy" and it is way past time to correct this situation.
It's reported it will cost $100 million for the Perkins consolidation. Where is this money going to come from, China? I attended a meeting at the high school and considered this whole plan to be out in right field. Perkins has seen graduating classes with a little over 300 seniors graduating. These numbers have steadily declined. With open enrollment, 229 students should graduate this year. I asked if there was a projected number for the year 2020 or 2025. I was told they were working on it. I personally feel this should be considered in the initial planning but, hey, what do I know?
If you contest the value of your property asking for a reduction in value of more than $15,000, the school district is involved. This infuriates as much as the 70 plus percent they receive. A long way to go before I'll vote "yes."
Paul F. Hauke Jr.