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WCSD: No Tax Hike

Higher than expected revenues allow board to hold line

June 20, 2013

A month ago, the Warren County School District’s board of directors was looking at increasing taxes on two fronts by a total of 2.4 mills — an increase of almost 5 percent....

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Brazil

Jun-21-13 12:03 AM

SOS - The current School Board President has been the single most destructive force in the obliteration of a student centered focus for the School District over the past several years. His actions and particularly his lecturing of the Public he purports to serve provide a textbook example of public service gone awry.

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 4:51 PM

Brazil, do you realize that art said we had to hurry up with the super decision and now says take our time. Do you realize years ago, art Stewart said the same thing john grant did about revenue and savings but now disagrees? John only reiterated what art once agreed with him on.

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 4:16 PM

Oh I left out my thought that this Board traded prudent behavior for a positive headline in the Paper. Unfortunately the headline lasts for a day, the downstream ramifications of that headline will be with us for a bit longer.

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 3:42 PM

A prudent Board would have looked at the situation and if these were really one time revenues would have taken action to best serve the District and it's constituents. I think they should have looked at a modest increase - let's say .8 mills which would have been 1.67% which no one would have argued as being excessive. This could have provided some restoration of needed programs. Let's say 1.25% of it for academics and .42% of it to reduce the additional taxes being paid by all families with children participating in athletic programs which is a significant number. This would have reduced the inevitable increase that is going to occur next year. Mr. Grant was, I believe, completely correct but then apparently caved so the Board could have yet another unanimous vote. The lemmings had solidarity, it didn't end up serving them well

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 12:12 PM

One year we ate up our fund balance because out business office screwed up, then we finally start to gain back a better balance at 4.8 million, then we have a 4 million dollar deficit, and now we have 9 million in our fund balance after we paid our bills! How? Where did these revenue sources come from, that's a lot of revenue?

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