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Bellaire Schools Options Limited

May 9, 2013

Bellaire school officials may well have tried everything. They have asked voters to approve higher property taxes. No, said the electorate. They have tried an income tax. No....

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May-11-13 8:44 AM

"...village residents are not going to vote for higher taxes for public education." Exactly! Many are retired or thinking about retirement. Fixed incomes do not allow for costs to keep rising. It has to stop somewhere.

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May-11-13 8:23 AM

the administrators should be able to run these schools on money received by the state.levies are for new cars.the school board will throw away as much money as you can throw at them.they are a whining bunch.just like teenagers without a job.

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May-11-13 2:36 AM

Continued from below... Do the Math!!

I can't imagine how bare bones the education must be by now. I'm not sure if people understand that they are setting their own kids up for failure when they don't support the schools. Someday, they will grow up, leave Bellaire and have to compete with kids from all over the world in college and later for jobs. Bellaire is a small town microcosm where people are born there, live their whole lives there, die there, and never know anything else. And that's fine, but if your kid ever wants more, they are going to experience intense competition and they will not be prepared. If you care about your kids and their future, supporting the local schools is one of the most important things you can do. When I read that 1976 sentence... it is clear that money is not being "wasted" as some say. But rather the schools and education are not being supported.

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May-11-13 2:23 AM

You can't be serious Richard??? You do understand that you can't buy a car, a house, or even a loaf of bread for the same price you paid in 1976? Why would you think that you can run a school for the same price paid 1976? That's not even a logical argument. Paper cost more, repair work on the busses costs more, utilities costs more, heck even the cleaning supplies to keep the school clean cost more. EVERYTHING costs more now than it did in 1976! In the business world (aka outside of the public school system) minimum wage has had multiple increases over the years to compensate so it would make sense that voters should approve a levy to compensate for all of these "mundane" items like paper, regular maintence, cleaning supplies and the million other things that had cost increases over the years.

Also, in 1976 Bellaire had a population of nearly 30 THOUSAND people paying taxes which went to support the local public school. Now...maybe population of 3,000 contributing? Do

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May-09-13 11:26 AM

"1976" If they have survived this long, they don't need more. Why don't they settle down, do their job and educate? They remind me of some charities, the more they get , the more they want.

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