by Alexandria Echo Press
September 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
A new chapter for Alexandria School District 206 began on Tuesday. Continue Reading
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[Based upon the assumption of a 4.68 percent interest rate, the total of principal and interest over the 25 years would be $124.25 million, according to estimates provided by the district]
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, its gonna cost the tax payers a crap load of money they don’t have to begin with. The voters were told it would cost them 65 million, and then you read that they’re just “ASSUMING” that they’ll get the 4.68 in interest and they are ESTIMATING it will cost them almost 125 million. I’m just glad I moved out of that state a long time ago!!! Good luck tax payers, its gonna cost you more than you thought.
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I think most people who complain about their taxes going up either: 1.Dont have kids who will attend the school. 2. This will cut into their tobacco,booze and gambling funds. How many out there can blow a few hundered bucks in one night on a good pulltab jar?? That don’t bother you a bit.
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I think that is a horrible generalization of those who are against higher taxes. I am expecting child #4 and we don’t smoke, don’t drink that much booze (my husband gets a 24 pack of beer once every 6 months of so) and don’t have a gambling fund (though we do buy a powerball ticket every once in a while). What we say that we didn’t like about this was what looks like a bad design and the fact that we are still paying off other schools yet. Plus, the excuse that the building is “worn out” and “past it’s usefulness” is a bunch of bull in our opinion….with this same thought everyone that is living in a house or working in a building that is over 50 years old needs to get a new one just because. Most of downtown is well over 50 years old, alot of the beautiful homes in the area are over 50 years old. Is this building going to be worn out in 50 years as well or sooner?
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Amy, I was being a bit sarcastic. How do you know the design is bad? Are you an architect? You can’t compare businesses and houses in the area to the school. It’s a lot easier to remodel a house or business that is a 1/5 the size of a school and millions of dollars cheaper. You also can’t add on to the school like you can with a house or business. I also don’t think you know to many homeowners that have 1,000 people walking through the hallway or have to go outside to buildingsthat were in terrible condition 20 years ago when I was there. I don’t know if this building will be worn out in 50 years, but I do know I wouldnt want to know the price tag if they had waited another 5-10 years.
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Even though there was sarcasm intended, there was also a little truth to it in many cases. Somebody needed to say it.
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Look at the overwhelming support via absentee voters. I wonder how many of those ballots were procured by the District, then sent out to last years graduated seniors to fill out and submit (?)
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Yeah, I’m sure that’s it.
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Most likely the ballots that came in from the nursing homes.
That’s how Redwood Falls did it, 20 some years ago. Gave ’em coffee and rolls, and ballots, prestamped. Then they put the new school in an abandoned gravel pit, when the district already owned land on the other side of town. Never did find out who owned the gravel pit, but the new high school had to put in a new gym floor the first year, since it flooded that spring.
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REALLY doubt that those votes of “overwhelming support via absentee voters” would have come from our nursing homes.
That is typically a voting bloc that would vote AGAINST an issue like this.
Older people on fixed incomes with no immediate family in the school system. Not real avid supporters of a school referendum. (At least that has has been the case in other referendum votes in the area.)
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I believe that recent graduates contributed a lot of the absentee – but to say that the ballots were “procured by the district and mailed out” is plain wrong. In the cases I am aware of the parents encouraged it. Also the nursing home comments are off base. I was visiting at Bethany when they announced the absentee process. There was absolutely no comment on vote yes or no – merely that ballots would be available at a certain time. If someone has evidence of voter fraud lets hear it. Otherwise let’s move forward.
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Take away ALL the absentee ballots, and the outcome remains the same. In fact, keep the “No” absentee ballots, and the outcome REMAINS THE SAME.
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Central Mn guy, you beat me to it. Simple math.
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Yeah, but I get 4 thumbs down for pointing out the obvious.
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Central was an old school when I left in ’55.
Since then, I have worked in both new and old schools. Experience tells me that making due with what we have for just a few more years is not exponentially more expensive but it is far more expensive to bring an old building up to code or current educational standards. Old school buildings become a maintenance fund sink hole. Bond elections for repair are even less popular than new building bonds but interest on borrowed money is the same and the district still has an old building to maintain and maintain and maintain and…
Alex voters made a wise decision for children’s futures.
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