Letters to the Editor

‘No’ to tax levy

July 7, 2010


To the editor:

The school board wants to raise the mill levy because they need more money to operate. Go back and read the May 17 Journal-World. According to that article, the school board in 2008 allocated $18 million in work for athletic stadiums and fields at both high schools. Because of an inequity between the two high schools’ sports facilities, a new press box will be added to the Lawrence High stadium. The school board created the inequity when they accepted the donation for improvements to Free State’s sports fields. Vanessa Sanburn was opposed to spending more because many of the elementary schools were in need of repair.

How can the school board spend tax dollars this way and ask for more? The economy is stagnant and more people are out of work. The paper is full of foreclosures and bankruptcies. Taxpayers are not running out of money, THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY.

Funding athletics over building repair shows where the school board’s priorities are. The emphasis needs to be on education, not sports. “No” to a mill levy increase by the school board.

Scott Henderson,



Stephen Roberts 7 years, 8 months ago

The school board is wanting to increase taxes, while they cut the pay of the administration group at the district headquarters. makes a whole lotta of sense doesn't it?? Before too many people go crazy about only the heavly paid administrators taking a pay cut, I was told by someone who works there, that all employees there took a pay cut. That would include admin, computer techs etc. Too bad none of the teachers took a pay cut.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 8 months ago

Teachers aren't paid enough as it is. I understand about the recession, but how much is the person who is caretaker of your child's future worth.We can pay athletes and other celebrities exhorbitant amounts of money for the entertainment they provide but want to shortchange our children's futures?

avoice 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm tired of hearing about the low pay teachers receive. It simply IS NOT TRUE! And whenever someone wants to make this argument, they don't compare teacher salaries to normal college graduates in normal college-graduate-type careers. They compare teacher salaries with professional athletes, other celebrities, or even highly-paid engineers or corporate bigwigs. This is an erroneous comparison. The fact is that teachers DO make about the same salary as comparably-educated people in other professions. The fact is that people in other professions generally put in more actual working hours than teachers do and that they produce measurable and consistent results (or else lose their jobs to those who can be more productive). Teachers are great people. So is everyone else. Teaching is a vital profession. So is every other profession that adds value to our society.

Trouble 7 years, 8 months ago

If you wanted to make big bucks you shouldn't have studied to be a teacher. you should have chosen a different career path.

jafs 7 years, 8 months ago

Why do you think that teachers are unimportant enough to our society that they should have starting salaries of about $30,000/yr?

Chris Ogle 7 years, 8 months ago

"Taxpayers are not running out of money, THEY ARE OUT OF MONEY."

============================================= I buy that message...... wait a minute.... I can't buy anything, I'm broke due to taxes.

John Hamm 7 years, 8 months ago

The school board's actions demonstrate how out of touch with reality these people really are.

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 8 months ago

Think of the impact on your family's budget when you combine this tax increase with the proposed 20-year property tax increase for a new library. Then pile on the recent 1% statewide sales tax increase. Throw all of that on top of the two 2008 sales tax increases which bankrolled the emp-T. Then add on the third 2008 sales tax increase which supposedly funded road improvements.

No way.

izzybear 7 years, 8 months ago

i love my kids enough that i don't give a hoot about sports sorry i want them to be smart i want them to make something for themselves. they do that in the classroom not on the field.and people need to stop short changeing what the teachers make cause i will tell you what i sure as crap can not teach my kids what they need to know. that's why they go to scool. here's something else everyone needs to remember we don't send our kids to school to "play ball" we send them to learn how to read ,write,spell,do math. so i say no to the taxes i don't want to pay for more sports crap.

think_about_it 7 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully they will teach your little brainiacs how to spell, punctuate and capitalize correctly. They obviously won't learn that at home.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 8 months ago

grammaddy - To my knowledge athletes & celebrities are not paid the majority of their income from taxpayers.

jafs 7 years, 8 months ago

Actually all of their income comes from taxpayers - who else is there?

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