Letter to the editor: Taxpayers deserve a say on proposed new QV high school
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 12:01 AM
The purpose of Act 1 is to shield taxpayers from overzealous spending. Sidestepping the purpose of the Act by seeking exceptions is an insult to taxpayers.
The project cost of building a new high school will certainly reach or exceed $100 million. It is arrogant for the board to make this decision themselves. We should have a referendum.
Quaker Valley School District has a $60 million debt. According to the 2019-2020 budget, more than $6.6 million, or 12% of the district’s entire budget, will be spent servicing it. Present revenue has been insufficient to meet our needs. Certainly, existing debt should be paid off before proceeding to enlarge it. The board should show that priorities can be met, short and long term, before adding obligations.
Notably, an additional $100 million debt means servicing each year will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 to $17 million.
The borough population is not growing. Shall we saddle taxpayers with a regularly increasing tax burden, forcing some taxpayers to move out of the district and/or becoming inhospitable to new home purchasers?
The district, its teachers, and its students receive numerous accolades for academics, administration, curriculum and new learning ideas. Great applause is due them. There is no evidence that school performance is lacking. Would a new high school alter this?
The taxpayers of this district are entitled to a vote on this matter.