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The trend in public infrastructure over the past decade leans more toward aesthetics than function. At best, a public building design is half aesthetics and half function. While no one wants ugly buildings, any good steward of public funds should value function and efficiency over form. Ostentatious displays on public construction leads one to wonder about the base motives of the officials involved. The above comments are not without cause across the country.
As for the estimate.....that's exactly the issue. Passing a bond is giving the board a free pass to spend it as they wish. This was a major concern last December, when the board voted to pay down the bond should excess funds be available. The board is accountable to the tax payers.
Bravo, Mr. Singleton! Well said.
The concern should not be who is the "best possible steward of tax payer dollars"; that's what managers do. If a project or organization is on budget and on time, that's success.
But the issue is not a single project. It's about the tax payer who provides the dollars so that elected officials can proclaim themselves good stewards. We support all of those good stewards.
The question is, are they good stewards of tax payers? Do they look at all the taxes we are subject before deciding to add to our burden? Are they concerned about what other agencies and legislative bodies may direct us to pay?
That $68 per $100,000 home value isn't much if that's all one pays. But we are subject to taxes and fees from all over, and the only person looking out for the individual tax payer is usually the individual tax payer, and increasingly fewer politicians.
Tax payers are not an unlimited resource. Nor do they have a bottomless wallet. The Federal government can print money at will; we have to earn it. Any elected or appointed official who isn't concerned about overtaxing tax payers shouldn't be in that position. Taxpayers need to hold them accountable. This includes the Walla Walla School Board.
That's not to say we shouldn't approve school bonds. If something is broken, it needs to be fixed. There's quite a back log at the schools, and I'm not against paying for that. But pushing back against the very reasonable option of taking some of the burden off of the tax payers is treating them with extreme disrespect.
Today, the board voted 4 to 1 to return excess funds from the (as yet unapproved) WaHi bond, and I thank the 4 ayes for that. That won't stop any national fiscal crisis, but it's a step in the right direction. And a polite nod to the tax payers in the Walla Walla area.
Mr. Higgins, aside from your rather pathetic leap of "reasoning" (not to mention your obvious dislike of the Tea Party), what direct evidence do you have linking the Tea Party to the Church of Satan? Which in fact supports the Constitution of the United States of America as a core value?
And given the extensive writings of the Founding Fathers, much of which focused on individual liberties and freedoms, are you also linking them, and hence the Constitution of the United States, to the Church of Satan? And, following your own "logic", every single State Constitution and laws based upon that single document? Is the United States in fact "One Nation Under Satan"?
I think not. Many people will see through your bias and prejudices, and reject your "reasoning".
Thus, your efforts to insult and smear a significant portion of Americans falls flat from its sheer silliness.
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