Letter: Not time to be penny wise, pound foolish over schools, she saysWho in their right mind would vote to raise their taxes in these voodoo economic times?
By: Terry Cuddy, Maiden Rock,
TO THE EDITOR:
Who in their right mind would vote to raise their taxes in these voodoo economic times?
Panic headlines grab for our attention. Our retirement accounts are worth less and less — not to mention our houses and farms. But let us not be unfocused for the common good.
The Ellsworth School District needs our community to invest in the education of our children, who are our future.
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, there will be two referendum votes to raise money for our schools. One is for building basics, a roof, heating plant and such tangibles.
If I’ve got my ideas straight, the second opportunity to raise our taxes is for teachers, programs and to keep class sizes from becoming too large. Art, music, band and choir, sports programs, language and much more could be cut from our curriculum if we do not vote to support our schools. Class size is sure to rise significantly if we turn this referendum down.
Do I think that every dime is well spent? No, but we are a community that will either invest in our future or not. Let us not turn our backs on each other or our children. Let us together, as a community, invest in our educational system.
Now is not the time to be penny wise and pound foolish. This is an investment that makes sense for our district, our families and our futures. We have the power to do the right thing here.
I, for one, will vote to raise my taxes, knowing the money will be invested in Main Street, not Wall Street.