by Clayton Moore
Ms. Brooke Macke is the Eagle County School District’s – Director of Communications.
Ms. Macke’s email goes on to inform School District employees that “only 35% of ECS staff” have returned their election Ballots to the EC Clerks office as of last Friday, just two business days from election day.
Now how would Ms. Macke know that?
Turns out the pro-3B group (Citizens for Eagle County Schools) paid the EC Clerks office for the list of all names of Citizens that have since returned their Ballots to the EC Clerks office late last week. Recall you have to sign the outside of the envelope that your Ballot was returned in. From there, the pro-3B group in tandem with the School District’s Administration was able to accurately determine – just who and how many – of the School District’s (948) employees had returned their Ballots as of last Friday. Big Brother watching? Any citizen with sufficient funds could purchase the same (returned ballot) list from the EC Clerk’s office.
Strictly speaking it would be illegal for our Taxpayer funded School District to use School resources to encourage voters (to vote one way, or the other).
Ms. Macke’s email doesn’t do that.
There can be little doubt that the School District Administrators, the pro-3B group and the majority of your elected School Board believe that the District’s employees are a probable group of ‘yes on 3B’ votes because the employees salaries are a large part of the District’s budget. Hence the impetus for Ms. Macke’s email reminding employees of the Tuesday, November 1st election day deadline.
What interested the ECT folks…is that the 35% rate of return (suggests?) the rank and file District employees (and teachers?) simply don’t trust the School District’s Administration/School Board to distribute at least some of the proposed tax increase to their Salaries.
FACT IS: The 3B ballot language (Click Here) DOESN’T say nor guarantee than ANY of the proposed Tax Increase – will ever go to Teacher Salaries or to the rank-and-file employees.
There can be little doubt after a review of the School District’s salaries – that too many in the District’s Administration (that Ms. Macke is part of) are way overpaid, and that the average Teacher Salary is far, far below what the top Administrators are paid. (Click Here)
The ECT asks our readers to consider this information when you drop off your Ballot at the County’s office in Avon (1st floor Avon Center building) or at the Clerk’s Office in Eagle – at the County Building. All Ballots need to be dropped off no later than 7PM, Tuesday, November 1st.
Sunday Nite Update – October 30th 2011
Dear ECT Editor,
I keep reading in various newspapers that ‘great schools’ are of key importance to local property values and resulting economic growth, so please vote yes on increasing your taxes for our schools. Property taxes and the rate in which they might be increasing is now the factor regarding successful real estate transactions, per the Official Site of the National Association of Realtors. Under ’14 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home’ they state; ‘Pay close attention to taxes.’ The National Realtors Association then goes on to say potential buyers need to request several years worth of property tax payment records, as ‘that great deal and good investment may not seem quite so grand if the property taxes skyrocket year
Their school mention is under this advisement: ‘In some cities, schools are substantially funded through property taxes – which means you can count on yours increasing regularly.’ In our new depressed U.S. housing world it appears the tracked records of property taxes are the Main Player for successful real estate sales, which contribute to our area’s financial stability. It is no longer schools and those completely unnecessary but nice tax-funded amenities. Those are now a detriment to our local economy if they require(d) any increased taxation.
Please keep this in mind right now as well as in the future, should another property tax increase ballot question appear from the county, schools or our towns.