Tax is not real issue; it’s how taxes are spent

Nobody likes to pay taxes, especially me. However, has everyone forgotten what pays for schools, highways, parks and other things that we enjoy provided by the government? In case you don’t remember, it is TAX! However, unless we control how our tax is spent, we are obligated to pay way more than is necessary.

Today, almost everyone demands tax cuts and less spending. However, the roads and bridges keep wearing out. This could be cured by raising tax on gas and automobiles.

Education costs are being cut because there isn’t enough money to pay the teachers. We sure have money to spend but is it spent wisely? Why do we need five assistant principals at one high school? (Sounds like empire building to me.)

Why is it necessary to spend mega bucks for a football stadium? (How does this fit into the educating our student body?) Why do we need medical facilities in school? (This is nice to have but not necessary.) Raising school tax on property owners would be a start.

Why do we constantly want to implement a SPLOST to finance a golf cart bridge that will benefit only a few or to pay for more education? Wake up, people, and start thinking.

Golf carts are not a primary mode of transportation for the population of Peachtree City. They provide transportation to the mass population of McIntosh High School who don’t want to ride the county school busses and those who frequent the golf course.

If we need more money for golf cart transportation needs, how about implementing a user tax on golf carts? (The Tea [Partiers] will just love this.) We need to think more about education than a golf cart bridge.

Many will disagree with me. However, as I said in a previous letter, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Some things need to be said.

Larry Robinson

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Well, I hear it everyday!!!!

Same stuff you mention.
If you want something, then tax to pay for it or don't do it.

Really simple logic, I must say.

Can't you try thinking once about where the REAL money is spent, nationally and locally?

It ain't golf cart paths or bridges, nor golfing, nor football stadiums. Those things are done on credit as capital expenditures and written off over 30 or so years.

Now we simply can't budget our school costs for 30 years and then pass a SPLOST for a 30 year run---on credit. Teachers want paid every year.

Nationally, you may try to think about 60% of our budget is spent on our national defense. Cut that one.

Or, maybe Social Security Medicare and Medicaid?
Then we could just simply eliminate all of the Cabinet departments and their employees, but where would those millions then work? Go onto unemployment of $300 per week?

Now a great big expense that the federal government has is for the 50 states! Georgia right now owes a half billion to Washington, so far, for unemployment insurance--that which we wouldn't raise our own taxes for.
They pay a goodly percentage of teacher's cost, cops costs, firemen costs, and most road costs (major), dams, Bridges, infrastructure within states.

You could cut that out in Washington and tax for it here!

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Taxes and damage at the schools already done

Our children are the reason most of us moved here. We wanted a good education for our kids. Some of us moved here because it was the next best thing to a private school and we either felt our kid would do better because they were so bright....or because we were hoping that watching other kids take school seriously, the light bulb would go off in our 'little Johnny's head' that he can't stare out the window everyday and expect anything in his future but McDonalds.

Whatever the reason, we all tried to make it better for our little Johnnys. What happened to all the well meaning parents, in my eyes was kinda cruel. Let me just say everyone that moves to Fayette county isn't rich. What is admirable is that the not so rich parents moved here and decided they would do without things for themselves while their little Johnnys sat in nice, quite, serene classrooms full of future Dell excutives. We hoped our little Johnnies would wake up and smell the road to success while we bought our clothes at WallMart and our big night out was a movie rented at Blockbuster and a late night Stouffers TV dinner.

When I say cruel, I mean it. I, nor anyone else I know, will begrudge a dime spent on our kids. We came here laying our nickels down and saying 'I trust you with my kids future'. We have some wonderful teachers and nice clean schools.

Unknown to us, the circus came to town.

People saw power in them thar schools. They strutted across the stage touting themselves as gurus of Wallstreet. That their background would be the key to the success of our schools if we would only elect them and let them play with some of that funny money we were donating in mass amounts (known as schools taxes) while we waited for our little Johnnies to wake up and smell success.

I'm afraid the average taxpayer spent too much time working at their average job to look hard at the circus performers. Some of the gurus of Wallstreet had only 2 yrs college and that was in psychology.(That wasn't told at the time...it didn't fit with Wall Street or being a guru of finance) As the circus performers stated their reasons for being down here as opposed to Yankee land, where all the big bucks can be made, they mentioned how they learned lessons at Wall street and would never do that again. Although some of us felt strangely like the little figures in pac man running from the fish that is about to take a bite out of our butts, we kept paying the taxes without a peep.

It came to a head several years ago when we noticed the school population going down yet our school taxes going through the roof. It seems that year they needed money for swimming pools, astro turf, and valet parking for the children. Well the valet parking is an exaggeration, but the pools and the astro turf were very much on the list.

And strangely were more schools, for less kids.

We rubbed our tired eyes and looked a little closer. While we were runing up and down the roads trying to make a living, someone was building an empire down here. And the sad thing was it was in our schools.

It has taken a grass roots effort and 2 courageous board members who stuck it out when I know I surely wouldn't.

For the 1st time in YEARS, we will now have a majority on the school board that I feel, will look after our little Johnnys 1st, teachers 2nd, then taxpayers, and WAAYYYY down the line, their egos.

We have a bang up majority on the school board who are there for our kids come Jan 2011. To name them Ms Marion Key, Dr Todd, and our new wonderful guy, Dr Tolbert.

They are there to shovel the stuff left by the carnival so we don't step in too much of it.

I hope everyone has learned a lesson, watch who is in power, more importantly ...look at ...WHY... they want power. Throwing money doesn't work. Only wise decisions by wise people help.

Thank you Ms Key, Dr Todd, and Dr Tolbert for caring about our kids and putting them 1st.

Now I feel my WallMart wardrobe was not in vain!

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PS

I also want to thank the Citizen for reporting the facts. Warts and all. Nothing would have changed if you hadn't. Taxpayers and good board members would have all led a life of quiet desperation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Choice and Competition is the answer

Imagine this:
You think that the school nearest you spends too much on athletics or administrative overhead and isn't doing as good a job of educating your kids. So you simply enroll your child in a school that you think does a better job in educating children. Your child carries with them a check from the government representing the money that would be spent on your child at the old school.

Since the schools are effectively competing for each child; they will be forced to improve or see their revenues decrease; just like other private businesses do.

This system is called "VOUCHERS" - call your state representative and ask for it if you want the education system to improve. Otherwise, we can all continue debating the side issues of teacher pay, class size, etc. where bureaucrats truly make the decisions and consistently say that the answer is more tax money for them to spend.

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Phil Sukalewski - please

visit this board more often, please!

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Larry bing most money spent on education per child

then dig a little deeper and see their graduation rates. Do you see any correlation with spending and drop out rates.
You might notice New York State's public schools spent $15,981 per pupil in 2007 .. Higher than the National average.

Now look at their drop out rates. New York’s graduation rate is 65 percent.

So they spend the most money but graduate the least students.

So tell me is Money the answer? Really?