Friday, March 12, 2010

MUSD #20 budget override: For the second time, we voted NO! Got the message yet?

The Maricopa Unified School District is going to have act just like everybody else. They are going to have to get by with less money whether they like it or not. People are still losing their homes. People are bugging out. Taxation is not the answer.
Maybe they can sell that fancy new administration building and restructure the bus routes so they are no longer running half empty buses several times a day. Maybe the overpaid administrators that really don’t do anything beneficial, should take a salary cut.

MUSD Board: Rausch presents tax override info

At the Maricopa Unified School District (MUSD) Governing Board meeting on January 13, Director of Business Services Aron Rausch presented information about the upcoming tax override vote. The tax override vote will be on the March 9 ballot.
The override was passed on May 17, 2005, and provided full funding of the override through the 2009/2010 school year. The override endeavors to continue funding at the existing rate of $63.40 a year on a home with an assessed value of $100,000. If this override is not continued, the tax will be reduced by 1/3 in 2010/2011, 2/3 in 2011/2012, and will totally expire in 2012/2013.

For the second time in five months, this matter was put to a vote. Both times, the people voted against this measure. What part of “NO” don’t they understand? I’m sure the school administrators are against the voting process and our rights as citizens at this point. Like most politicians, they want to tax and spend like there‘s no tomorrow.

The political hacks at the school district couldn’t take “NO” for an answer the first time. Like fools chasing after money, they wasted even more taxpayer dollars putting it on the ballot a second time. Here, in precinct 54, it was the only item on the ballot. I’m sure they will try again as they are what I like to call “spoiled sports”.

Don’t forget, a recent study determined that close to half of tax money(45%) devoted to education, never makes it to the students. It pays salaries and buys fancy buildings to show off to neighboring school districts. Otherwise, the money is foolishly squandered.

I still think renters should be paying school taxes. Why aren’t they being expected to put something into the “kitty”? Don’t renters have children? At $903/month, I live at the poverty level and still fork out 14% of my annual income on property taxes and 65% to keep a roof over my head before utilities. I lived without heat for yet another winter. It’s not fair that I’m paying school taxes to educate other people’s kids. I have no kids attending school myself. Many of these kids have absolutely no desire to learn and aren’t worth wasting money on. The double digit drop out rate and county jail populations prove this.

Despite popular opinion, the number of dollars spent on a student is not directly proportional to the quality of education that student receives. Some kids are just plain stupid and all the money in the world won’t make them learn. Too bad, it’s politically incorrect to come out and say that. If we offend people, they might just pull their heads out of their rectums and get a clue. Otherwise, they will remain clueless and oblivious to reality.

Children might actually learn, if the education dollars came directly out of the parent’s pockets. After all, parents would demand that they get what they pay for. I’m sure they would also take a more active role in their children’s education if they were actually paying for it. Instead, parents blame the teachers rather than themselves. Parents need to motivate their children. The blame shifting needs to stop.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, I entered the polls at Precinct 54 and cast yet another “NO” vote. Voter turnout was pathetic. The polls were open for two hours and I was the third voter. It’s appalling that so many people didn’t bother to exercise their right to vote. Our Founding Fathers fought and died for this basic right. Apathy is an indicator of a dying society and Maricopa, from my vantage point, is dying a slow death.

MUSD mulls $9 million budget cut in wake of override failure

A failed override, coupled with possible state cuts, could leave Maricopa Unified School District leadership looking for areas to cut potentially $9 million from a roughly $30 million operating budget.

The measure failed by a margin of less than 80 votes, with many of the dissenters originating from the Thunderbird Farms area and The Villages, which was the polling location for Province.

Once again, anti-Thunderbird Farms sentiment has shown its’ ugly face. A few months ago, some snobs from the newer subdivisions stated that they didn’t want “trailer trash” kids from the from the mini-farms area going to the same schools as the "uppity suburbanites". At least we were smart enough to buy affordable homes. We are not upside-down in our mortgages and we own more of our homes than the bank. How many of you "suburb dwellers" put more than 25% down? Could any of you handle a 15-year note? My home is still worth more than I paid for it. Is yours? Who will have the last laugh?
As you read this strongly biased article that lacks objectivity, it’s clear that anyone that voted against this issue is now labeled a ”dissenter”, particularly, if they live in Thunderbird Farms. I will wear that title as a badge of honor. The childish name calling from pseudo-journalists has never bothered me. In fact, I’m used to it. That is what liberals do.
Get this through your thick skulls, once and for all. Stop the out of control taxation and excessive spending. Enough is enough!

"All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome." --George Orwell

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