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10/2/2012 11:10:00 AM
Letter: A no vote on school override will decrease taxes

To the editor:

Concerning the Williams Unified School District's budget override election, Rachel Savage and the school board are telling the tax payers that your taxes will not go down if you vote to renew this tax increase. This is true, but what they are not telling you is if you vote to not continue this temporary tax increase and vote no on this override election, your taxes will go down. In this economy, that might be a good thing.

Rodger Anderson

Williams, Ariz.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

James, what I know is that the voters of our state passed a law. That law forced our town to create ordinances to allow dispensaries. We cannot just simply say "we don't want one", the state is requiring us to have one. I am 100% opposed to illegal drug use, I want that clear. As for those using marijuana medicinally, our peers passed the law and we are obligated to follow it. If forced to choose between having a dispensary vs. not having one, I would choose having the single dispensary over having potentially 720 pot plants being grown unsupervised in our town. This is what we are forced to choose between by state law. We cannot simply say no, or else we would have our pants sued off of us by whoever wants to open a dispensary.

As for the subject of this letter, I don't see where more than $300,000 can be cut without negatively impacting the kids here. We have already lost programs that were huge for our kids such as music and auto shop (which I took myself in school). Making classrooms larger is not something I support, nor would it cut $300k from the budget.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: James Koenig

What do you care Bob. You support marijuana in our town.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Rodger Anderson

Bobby: first a correction. The school is tell the taxpayers that taxes will not go UP if this increase is extended (approved) but school taxes will go down if this increase is rejected (Vote NO).

I suggest that class sizes be increased to lower expenses. When I was in school there were 30-35 students in a class and discipline was maintained. With todays permissive society and disruptive students, with minimal disipline, it is dificult to maintain control without lowering class size. Increase class size, stick to the basics, exercise more strict discipline and maybe students will be able to read, write, do math and behave themselves when they leave your school.

VOTE NO on extending this tax increase.

Rodger Anderson

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

Roger, where do you propose WUSD find over $300,000 to cut from the budget? We have already lost music, lots of physical education, drivers ed, auto shop, and some of the best teachers our district has had due to finances. What do you want to cut next? I'm guessing you don't have any children in the schools here, or else you couldn't possibly imagine cutting this funding from the budget.

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