November 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Tell voters how the revenue will be spent and they usually will vote to tax themselves. Continue Reading
Tags: cass sales tax, Editorials, Election, flood control, K12 education, Moorhead school district, operating levy, Opinion 11 Comments »
They didn’t vote to tax themselves – they voted to tax everybody in the school district.
Go to the Minnesota Department of Education’s School Report Card on the web. you will find 1 in 4 10 grade students in Moorhead couldn’t pass the state’s reading test last year. Also, 1 in 4 11th graders didn’t pass the math test. Quality education?
A 10% increase in revenue to enable the district to continue fund a 5,400 child care facility.
When are we going to see some education happening in our schools?
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freemoorhead; Education is up to the students. Schools and Teachers only provide the tools for learning.
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Of course! What was I thinking? Why not just give that $5.2 million to the kids and cut out the middleman?
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Teachers and their unions are not about education, they are about indoctrination.
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Does anyone think that the new republican congress will OK a billion dollar request from a junior congressman for Fargo and Cass County. John Boehner will say, “Who are you and Hell no, that’s pork!”
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Around 12,900 people voted for this levy to pass. Around 6,900 voted Yes and 6,050 voted No . I wouldn’t call this a huge margin. There was a large orchestrated effort to get the Yes vote out this time around. There was hardly a mention of the no vote campaign. People were too afraid of being ostracized to speak up about the levy increase. This is a vote to raise our property taxes for 7 years. Why do we allow non property owners to vote for this levy? They should have no right to make this decision. This includes 18 year old kids still living at home as well as apartment dwellers. If even 3,000 more people would have actually voted, this would never have passed in Moorhead. The apathy about paying more taxes in a time of recession is amazing to me. For the future, a levy like this should take at least a 60% vote to pass. I will live with this increase as I have no other choice, but please remember when this 7 year levy is up, we will be hearing once again how desperately we need to fund the Moorhead schools again.
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It won’t be enough… never is… and the schools always seem to find a way to prove it.
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Regarding Cass County’s Measure 3: I voted no because we have no plan, yet. It could take decades to study options, decide and implement a plan. Why should money be collected with nothing for it to go towards??? I think it is illegal to collect money for no reason, while I completely support flood protection in general and understand I will need to pay for my part some how.
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How much of the tax is ND’s media monopoly planning to pocket?
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This is just another typical media ploy to make people pay for a school system that is not producing quality education. Vote a 5M+ levy in with no defined plan in place. Everything that came out of the school district is generalities – IE: there are only X number of schools that don’t have an operating levy, it will reduce class size, spend it on technology, etc. All of this is generalities.
1. Why does Moorhead want to be like “other” school Districts with an operating levy? Would not a better proposal be that you could have done within your budget already? That is an accomplishment. That would teach students what is means to be successful. Right now you are grooming them to keep on asking for more and more money from “other” people instead of them making it on their own.
2. Reduce class size still is unimaginable when I asked why 30 is the magic number for a class room and the top official at the school said “That is just what we have always done”. This shows no research on their part because they are so use to putting their hand out and getting money like every other government agency. Society “use to” drive horse and buggies around but you don’t see that as the norm any more. Society “use to” only have land line telephones but the cell phone took that over. So the issue is just because that is the way it was always done is not an argument, especially from a top official that is making well over 100K a year for their salary. If they actually put research into this question and had a viable answer it would also teach kids that they must do the same thing.
3 Technology – hmmm What technology? What programs are you increasing, what hardware are you replacing? How long was the existing hardware there before you are planning on replacement? Does it even need to be replaced? Was any analysis done on this? I doubt given the “much thought” in number 2 above.
The “no” vote had very little media coverage from the most often “miss-informed In-Forum”. What happened to unbiased reporting. I guess that went out in the 90’s. In-Forum you are doing a great disservice by not getting both sides of the story. The reality is that this passed and everyone will have to pony it up and when it is not enough in 4 years they will be back for more. Maybe next time the In-Forum will pick up the tab? But I doubt it because they are so good about pointing the finger to everyone else being the “Biased” communication company that they are. And for the school officials that may read this. You better ensure that you don’t vote huge raises in and spend all that money in one place “Teachers Pocket” because I don’t think you will get another levy to pass in a few years. Live within your means. Maybe the state will come in and take over the school like they did in RI and DC. In fact I wish that day would come. It would get rid of all the teacher unions that cost everyone money. And I will close this with I love it when they say it is for the kids – In actuality the teachers are stealing from the very kids that we are paying to educate. By having way above average salaries for this areas you are taking money from the education system and putting it right into your pockets. So it is not the “NO” vote from the tax payer that is the bad guy. It is the very teachers in the system that are paid too much. Kinda like the old saying goes – You don’t want the fox guarding the hen house and that is exactly what is happening. Higher salaries do not mean better a education.
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