I get fired up whenever I hear about a new bond measure proposal to pay for maintenance of school buildings, whether they be K-12 or college buildings. I understand bond measures to pay for new school construction, but paying for maintenance that should have been done all along seems like more than a little poor management to me.
I live in the school district in which I teach, and currently my property tax bill reflects payment on two bonds for my district. Thanks in part to the California Teachers Association, such tax increases now require only 55% voter approval instead of the former 2/3 vote. And it frosts my hide.
My parents taught me to take care of my stuff. If only these school districts had people with the same values.
When you have a school, you're supposed to maintain it. Part of the money your district gets each year is for maintenance, and your district budget should reflect ongoing maintenance. What kind of people would allow school facilities to be run into the ground, and then go begging the taxpayer for yet another handout? Not the kind of people I vote for.
We have a new superintendent this school year. Early on he visited each of the schools to meet with the staffs, just to get a feel for the district he's leading. I outlined my situation, the paying off of two bond measures on my property taxes, and asked him point blank: What are you going to do to be a better steward of the public's money?
I liked his answer. Time will tell if he was just blowing smoke or not.