I recently received the district's "Watching the Bottom Line -- Saving Tax Dollars" postcard. What I find particularly offensive is that this card arrived in my mailbox the same week as my increased house payment. So, if the district is saving tax dollars, why is my tax bill rising?
I know, I know, I have it all wrong. The district is reducing its expenditures. But, if that is true, where is my savings. Isn't that a fair question?
Of course, those savings have to be balanced against increased expenditures.
There is Wade's puffed and padded contract (something like $300K per year), the cost to employ the survey folks (approximately $40K per year), the cost for the communications department (approximately $200K year), and printing and mailing costs for this one post card (estimate it to be $30k per occurrence).
Then you have to add in the recent salary and benefits increases reaped by the administration (estimate it at $250K or so per year), plus all the other goodies befitting these supposedly selfless public employees.
Balance the claimed savings against increased expenditures and now you know why my tax bill just increased.
Hey Feasel and Meider, I know a few words and phrases that you cannot run on this fall: Fiscal accountability, controlling costs, etc.
note: I challenge anyone to prove that the district actually "saved" $840,000 per year due to the implementation of the Transportation Eligibility Policy in 2004. All you have to do is read the district CAFRs and find the savings. I can't. Why? Because no such savings were realized -- regardless what is stated on the postcard.