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Where will school funding taxes go?

Cammie Freed, Frisco

I just received a phone call from a company polling people in Summit County about a future ballot issue that I may get to vote on. I bet you all would like to have time to think about it to so here is the short version.

Would you support an $8.1 million increase to the Summit School district for maintenance of vehicles and fuel ($600,000), full-day kindergarten provided free of charge ($1.2 million), new turf on the football field, maintenance of leaking roofs and update buildings, and security systems in all schools ($6 million).

This bill is supposedly not to come from property taxes. They wanted to know what I thought was more important, how valuable I saw each item, and if I was satisfied with the schools here.

I have four children, three going to school this fall in Frisco Elementary. I shared how I was interested in the tighter security suggested (visual computer recognition system) which I assume would be placed in high school.

But my question is this: How could it cost $6 million? How does a new camera system work when the one at Frisco Elementary is there but no one is watching it? Where is the money going to come from? Why isn’t their money set aside for wage increases for our teachers?

They claimed in this opinion poll that if this was passed there would never be another need for the school district to come and ask for money every three years. I don’t know how that’s going to happen unless they are investing in local housing for an investment return with that money.

Please note that I answered very positively about our schools. I appreciate our district’s hard work. I really want more information on the issue before I vote. I am sure many of the readers received the same call and I think we need to start talking about this now, not during the political hype of next year when we will be overwhelmed with more than we can read and understand.

So, from a registered voter to others, let’s talk about it, get educated, and vote wisely based on facts. Let’s make a difference that’s positive and thought out. It’s our money and our education!


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