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Not theirs to give

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the news story “Baldwin-Whitehall School Board votes against donation to charity for Franklin Regional” : Why don't these elected officials get that the funds at their disposal are not theirs to be given for any purpose they deem? They are meant for a very specific purpose. These are taxpayer-provided funds.

If Martin Michael Schmotzer, the Baldwin-Whitehall board member who proposed the donation, feels that the Franklin Regional fund is a worthy cause (and it is), he is free to donate as much of his personal money as he wishes. And that is true for any residents of the B-W district.

I am “shocked and ashamed” that Schmotzer does not understand the district's funds are not his personal stash. He said he got the idea from his daughter. I am sorry he missed a teachable moment with her. He could have told her it was a great idea to show concern and want to help. She could have donated some of her savings. Perhaps she could have held a fundraiser to help them out.

But he should have made clear to her that taxpayers funds are not for that purpose. What a shame!

Mike Killmeyer

North Fayette

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