by Clayton Moore
Last week, in just 5 business days, our County’s Home Foreclosures increased by 31 for a YTD total of 454. That number (31) of course greatly exceeds the number of “pro-3B” letters printed in the Daily Fishwrap last week. Concern for Education and Tax increases in Eagle County now seems to have trumped concern for whether a local family has a home to live in…
You’d never know it of course – unless you read the ECT.
For his part “Editor-Half-the-Story” over at the Fishwrap claims to be against the Permanent Property Tax Increase known as Ballot issue 3B – YET, continues with withhold public record information – that supports his position. Why?
What Evidence? Our School District’s payroll (Click Here).
There can be no question that our Elected School Board is directly responsible for the inflated “Administration/Superintendent” salaries – at the expense of some obviously underpaid Teachers.
The Bad news – is that 4 out of the 5 School Board candidates are Incumbents, and ALL candidates are running unopposed. “Change, We can believe in?” Please keep that FACT in mind the next time another “pro-3B” letter to the Fishwrap insists just “how concerned” they are about our children’s education. Kudos to the ECT folks/contributors for “calling-out” Fishwrap letter writers that are either on the School District’s payroll, or are married to someone who is.
Which of course bring us to 3B Tax Increase proponent:
Make no mistake – the ECT is 100% on the side of ‘school choice’ for parents that live in our community and everywhere else. Of course what was not mentioned in (above) is the fact that our 30 year residents – have chosen to send their children to Vail Mountain School (now graduates – Click Here) – as opposed to our local Public Schools. Is it that our local…public schools are good enough for everyone else, just not us? You decide.
What kind of local Public School (finance/education reform?) can be expected – when 4 incumbents out of the 5 candidates running for election are guaranteed to be back now demanding more Tax Money be handed to them? Recall our School Boards own “polling data” (taxpayers paid for the poll) showed the vast majority of folks in Eagle County are against a tax increase! Don’t forget the existing $230 Million (Click Here) in long term School Bond debt your elected School Board has saddled us all with….
Everyone who has seen the educational documentary “Waiting for Superman” (Click Here) knows that just throwing more money at Education – guarantees nothing. Nowhere in our great Country is public school education (in worse shape – DVD Waiting for Superman) than where Teacher Unions are the strongest – inside the large urban School Districts of America’s big cities.
Isn’t it time to wake up folks?