'Same old song in this district'

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Sixty percent of America cannot afford a basic emergency costing even $400. Wages simply do not meet the costs of living. People can't afford to save, as they spend all their earnings on basic necessities of living.

Bring in our school board, and its decision to start a savings account, or a "Fund 80", that allows them to tax beyond the revenue limits, and spend in a very broadly based way.

Two months ago the board had to cut 5 million dollars from its proposed 2019-2020 budget, just to meet basic costs, and now it wants to start a savings account where what they can take from the taxpayers is virtually unlimited. Just when we expected our taxes to go down due to revenue exemptions for energy wane, they've found a new way to steal money from us for projects that don't even exist yet.

This is the same story we've been hearing for more than 10 years. Cutting budget in emergency, then spending in places where no spending is viably warranted.

The extra tax money above the revenue limits proposed takes money directly out of our local residents' pockets, as property owners pay more, and renters see their rent rise. In a day when we are seeing a cataclysmic flow of students out of our district, and millions in revenue go with them, it might behoove the district to actually do something to retain, and attract students to keep the state revenue here.

Our residents can't afford to save, and any that we might have, the school board wants to now take from us for things not even planned, when they can't even pay the bills budgeted for. Apparently new lights on Jacobson Field is more important than attracting families.

It's the same old song with this district. A dress and lipstick on the pig looks nice, while it's still pooping on your grass.

Kenneth Streeter II

Beloit

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