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Saturday, May 18, 2013
As a Franklin County resident who has to pay the “small price” in higher taxes that the editors seem so concerned about (“Shame on Franklin County supervisors,” April 28):
Forthwith, print a chart of school salaries plus benefits and real estate taxes with contributions from counties to school boards (with state contributions) from all contiguous counties. This is urgent! The schools will perish and the counties will fail without an immediate cash infusion.
Predominately farm areas, the counties have many acres taxed. Even at a lower rate, citing the extra $20 increase for a $100,000 home is disingenuous.
Among the other shaming insults directed at our stellar board of supervisors, which cut the school board an extra $1 million this year, is a suggestion kids will be promoted unable to read from grade school (without sports and governor’s school cash). The latter two are very important, but aren’t the main objectives of education any more than schools are the main objective of a county.
Kids are guaranteed a free basic education, so parents who want extra for their children should step up and pay extra. Cash-strapped? Consider the rest of us.
C.E. TOWNSEND III
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