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Highlands No. 1 in unpaid taxes

| Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Regarding the story “A-K Valley schools owed $32 million in back taxes” (Nov. 24): The Highlands School District ranks No. 1 out of 15 local school districts with the highest percentage of unpaid taxes compared to the overall budget. This is not a reflection of the educational system but a sad fact of poor community tax support.

After information on tax delinquencies appeared in the VND and on TV news, I received emails of condemnation from two board members — Laura Thimons and Carrie Fox. Thimons accused me of making slanderous statements, but the information I used is public and I obtained it from the Highlands administration.

Board President Fox chided me for helping to bring “bad press” to the district. The bad press is a result of unpaid taxes and deadbeat taxpayers.

The public has a right to know if elected officials live up to their obligations as responsible community members.

In this case, these two board members can't see it is their moral obligation to the voters and students to take charge of this economic concern.

Rhonda Russell


The writer owns property in the Highlands district.

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