Copyright (c) 2009 Ginny Maziarka. All rights reserved.
Monday, September 28, 2009
West Bend School Board - Tax Levy - SHOW UP AND VOTE
VOTE TONIGHT, OR YOUR TAXES WILL GO UP
BRING AS MANY PEOPLE WITH YOU
PACK THE ROOM
BRING I.D. WITH YOU!!!
ARRIVE BY 6 P.M.
BADGER MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM
Hold school board president, Joe Carlson, accountable for keeping information from the public through closed sessions. Mistrust has been built with the citizens of West Bend. We need a new board president who believes in transparency.
The local news (newspaper/radio) was not given any press releases from the school district concerning this issue.
THESE are the main pointsi:
Administration was aware of the possible budget issues early.
The 09-10 budget has an increase inspendingof 3.71% compared to 08-09.
Eau Claire, Oshksosh, Wausau, Kaukauna, West Allis, West Milwaukee, Appleton –have made cuts to meet budget restraints……West Bend made none.
Last year, they increased our levy by 11 cents (no one was told of this) – this year an additional 12 %.
"Here we are two days away and we are still trying to sort out the numbers and justifications through leaks and snippets. It would have been nice for the district to have released the entire proposed budget with the rationale and explanations prior to the meeting so that voters had time to digest it and make an informed decision. " ~Owen Robinson, (09/25/09)
FACT: The figures were not even given to the school board members until this weekend (Thursday, for review over the weekend), despite board member Tim Stepanski's plea in a prior board session to receive them in time to make an informed decision and bounce them off the citizens and taxpayers of West Bend.