Letters: School district not honoring Measure A campaign promise

November 14, 2008 11:00 pm

I suppose it should not come as a complete surprise that the local school district would behave much like a political candidate rather than a purveyor of learning for young minds. It should; however, be crystal clear after reading a recent article in The Triplicate that spending local money for architectural services from Coos Bay or Yreka doesn't meet the campaign promise of putting Measure A money back in the local economy.

In the article, the school board doesn't appear to have considered honoring that promise. In its haste to begin spending that windfall, the article implies that both non-local firms were working diligently on proposals before the vote was even counted. Where is that independent advisory panel when you need them?

The board has implied that only property owners will have to come up with the $55 per $100,000 valuation each year for the life of the loan. What's the big deal about that? The property owners may be the people that pay first, but eventually nearly everyone in the county will contribute to the school district's folly over time.

It may come in the form of an extra dollar for that haircut or hair appointment. It may cost you a bit more to have your taxes done or that restaurant meal you eat. Renters will experience an increase in rent to cover that new business expense. In the end, this will prove to be far more expensive to the citizens as a whole than the School Board has led us to believe. It now becomes a question of just how much they will value the windfall that they have been given. If the recent board action of listening to non-local architectural proposals is any indication, I think we've been sold a bill of goods.

I did not really expect the school district to honor its election promises, politicians rarely, if ever honor campaign promises. I find it amusing that now, after the election is over, we finally see in print the least offensive part of the wish list, which most of us had to ferret out of the district's Web site.

Now, the public will finally learn about all the desperately needed health and safety issues that face the local district that needed to be addressed immediately. I wonder what uses the district will find for the state's deferred maintenance money.

Samuel Strait

Crescent City