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Editor:

I urge people to vote in favor of the 10 percent (School) Maintenance & Operation Budget Override.

It’s always been my practice to be sure to read the opposite positions on any proposed ballot measure before casting my vote. Right there in the last line of the third paragraph of the “Arguments Against” was the confirmation of my belief in support or the override. I quote, “How much more are Payson area property owners expected to bare?”

Words have meaning. “Bear,” a verb, can mean “to carry.” “Bare,” a verb, means many variations of “to make bare, uncover, or reveal.”

I bought my first house in ’59 on Long Island. I had another in suburban D.C., then had two in California, and one each in Oregon, Idaho and in-town Payson, allow about equally divided between urban and rural setting. I’m retired, like many here. In terms of local taxes to market value, Payson has the lowest tax bite of anywhere I’ve lived.

The state governor and Legislature have been grossly negligent in their handling of school finance. Their denial of school boards’ use of tenure or seniority in selecting layoffs in even worse, but that’s another battle. We should minimize the effects of the unfortunate situation by voting “Yes” on the school budget override.

Al Lauderbaugh

Comments

Kyle Frewin 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Payson Schools are once again asking for more money through an extension of an override. Why would anyone ever vote in favor of another override for Payson Schools after witnessing time after time PUSD's wasteful and shameless use of tax payer's dollars? PHS, which was once rated as an "A" school by the AZ Dept of Ed., has dropped to a "C". While rated as an "A" school, Brenda Case was hired (at $88,000 a year) as Director of Student Achievement. Anna VanZile was not rehired as principal, but paid a principal's salary as an Achievement Coordinator to coach teachers. (to coach teachers?) Another $150,000+/- only to have scores drop and the PHS rating drop. In addition a new position of Assistant Principal was added. At the same time veteran teachers were forced to leave or "riffed" because of their "high salary" (Ha...less than half that of the administrators). So the philosophy was, get rid of veteran teachers, hire more administrators and watch the scores soar. Result...dropped from and "A" to a "C" and teachers are struggling with large classes and no support. Once again, PUSD wants us, the tax payers, to vote for an override? In previous overrides and bonds the funds have not always gone to the designated areas. Until PUSD can manage money more wisely, vote "NO" on the override or else be prepared to watch how they waste the money this time?

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