Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Salamander Returns
THE FOLLOWING GUEST EDITORIAL IS THE FIRST OF I HOPE MANY EDITORIALS FROM SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS OF THE PROPOSED RAYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE UP FOR A VOTE ON APRIL 8TH. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOICING YOUR OPINION ON THIS SUBJECT BEFORE THE 8TH OF APRIL PLEASE SEND YOUR COPY TO firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Headline: Raytown Post endorses 25% School Levy Tax Increase. Their Reasoning: "Offering competitive salaries is the ONLY WAY to ensure the quality of education remains high..." How about that. All this time we have been told that teachers go into the profession because they "just love" children; that they find an unparalleled fulfillment in teaching others. What a letdown. The Salamander's faith is shattered. Reading the Post's editorial was like being told there is no Santa Claus. I appreciate those that teach our young. And, it is a clever tactic to hide behind the skirts and trousers of school teachers to sell a property tax increase. But the issue is not really teachers salaries. It is the questionable competence of those in charge of running our school district. Life must go on; and it does, in the most predictable manner. The Raytown Tribune and the Chamber of Commerce both heartily endorsed the 25% tax increase. These pillars of the community admonish us that we MUST pay a 25% property tax increase if Raytown is to prosper and grow. All to which the Salamander replies: "Go sell your smoke to someone who hasn't been burned time and again by threats teachers will leave, quality will reach a new nadir, etc. I've heard it all before. I have no intention of being a part of this raid on our pocketbooks. The fact about school district's financial conditions is this: The district's revenue increase during the last 8 years has been more than 27%. Why, one might ask. The answer is simplicity itself. Every time your house is re-appraised (every two years) the income of the school district increases in direct relation to the amount of property evaluation increase. The evaluation increase in property during the past 8 years has exceeded 25%. Do the math. You will see the folly of voting yourself another 25% tax increase, especially on top of the 25% increase in the past few years. As for the Chamber endorsing the school tax, did any readers expect them not to? That group of carpetbaggers -- which is what many of them are -- would vote to have themselves beheaded if there was a tax increase tied to it. As for the District being short of money, who are they kidding? When you can pay $195,000.00 for a lot which is appraised for $37,500.00 you have more money than you have sense. Take a look at the district's recent purchase of a decrepit building and the lot it sits on south of Raytown High on Blue Ridge Boulevard. Ask yourself if it was worth $195,000.00. If you think it is, by all means, vote yourself another tax increase.