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School too expensive

Posted: November 4, 2010 9:36 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Bureaucrats don’t know where the money comes from. They think money comes from taxes. They don’t see that the money comes from the people. And people have limited resources.

Officials dole out excessive dollars for projects, then they have no money to staff the finished development.

The tax-a-crats don’t see a bottom to the money bucket we provide. They rationalize it as bond money, and their mandate is to spend it even if the project is not the best value.

The government shoots itself in the foot. The taxpayers see uncontrolled, unnecessary spending for construction, then people are reluctant to pay taxes in other truly needed areas. It is a credibility issue.

Look at the Kennedy High school in Los Angeles, just built for $578 million dollars. The most expensive in the country.

That same excessiveness is happening in Castaic.

The Hart district is building a high school for Castaic. It is bond money, your tax money. They are spending an estimated $160 million — three or four times more than the initial estimate — and eight times more than the other alternate sites. And those sites are only two miles away from each other. At the same time, they are cutting teachers, class days and the transportation of special-needs students. The teachers should be just as upset as the taxpayers.

The bureaucrats say that the bond money can’t be used for the school’s general operational budget. That’s true. We need to keep it that way. But that money came from the people, directly or indirectly, and that source is limited.

Enough is enough.

We worked hard to earn our money. We will not make it easy for the tax-a-crats to spend it foolishly.

Stop wasting our money on expensive Romero Canyon High.

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