NK-A taxes go up — again
The VND's top story on June 27 was “New Ken-Arnold taxes balloon 7 percent.” The headline should have read taxes balloon “again.”
This if the fifth straight year with a tax hike. This time, the increase is $77 on a $15,000 assessed value — a lot of money for some of our citizens.
Superintendent John Pallone points the finger at salaries, benefits and pension contributions. Yes, these costs play a role, but he should add mismanagement to the list.
Since the current board majority took office, we have some of the lowest test scores in the state. We're broke. The board squandered a reserve fund of over $9 million. We're selling our newest building and keeping the old ones.
We spent millions on the football stadium. We have busing, which we managed without for years. Our superintendent has no background in education.
Pallone was doing such a lousy job as our state representative that he lost to a Republican in a heavily Democrat district. So we hired him to run our schools.
How many more tax increases with nothing to show for them are we going face? There are five board members and one superintendent running the NK-A show and the show is a joke.
The students in our public schools are our hope for the future. Public education made America what it is today.
I don't mind paying for results, but I won't stand for my money being wasted and mismanaged. That's what we have now at NK-A. Let's do something about it.
The writer is former NK-A board member.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.