THE HUNTER REPORT
WHY YOU WILL PAY HIGHER TAXES
SPEND AND TAX
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LESS MONEY FOR BUILDING PROGRAM & THEY WERE TOLD THAT!
By: Pat Hunter
� Liberal spenders come in all sizes and shapes and political or non-political party affiliations. Everywhere, people gripe about the federal government's spending and debt but where these same people when the deficit was growing by trillions long before now. While many people like to be vocal about federal spending and mounting debt there is little interest in holding local county government accountable for spending and the county's debt.
At the July 26, 2010 commission workshop meeting, Budget Committee Commissioner Don Miller reminded commissioners how the majority of Commission members had voted to give the school's another million dollar for the (yearly) operating budget just a few weeks ago. If we hadn't done that and if we had given them less, we could have funded this whole $18 MILLION NOW without a property tax increase.
As a member of the Loudon County Budget Committee Don Miller presented the Budget Committee with several options to fund the school building program without a property tax increase and still give schools additional money for the operating budget but the school Board and Commission refused to listen. Unfortunately, far too many commissioners and school board members seemed to have their mind made up, spend all you can now and hike taxes later.
Here are the funding options that Commission and School Board weighed before the budget vote.
Fund the FY 10-11 yearly school operating budget as requested at $1.2 M essentially wiping out Phase 1 building program but Loudon County can only borrow $3.6 Million with no tax increase. This amount would be enough to pay for the Philadelphia School cafeteria renovation, only.
Fund the school budget with an additional $225K but Loudon County can only borrow $23M with no tax increase.
Fund the school budget with an additional $563K but Loudon County can only borrow $17M with no tax increase.
Fund the school budget at last year�s level but Loudon County can only borrow $28M with NO tax increase. This puts the Loudon County Board of Education in the drivers seat and the opportunity to decide whether to approve a new Greenback School OR three school projects (new Ft. Loudon Middle School, Philadelphia cafeteria and Loudon Elem./Ft. Loudon Middle School (FLMS) renovations.)
E: (NOTE: An increase would be needed in 2011/2012 to fund the balance of the building program and any request for additional funds for the operating budget would be on Top of this increase.)
LOUDON COUNTY COMMISSION & LOUDON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET VOTE
School Board member Van Shaver asked other Board members if the Board was
willing to have a budget meeting to discuss trimming the budget? He warned that
once Commission allocated 7 pennies from the school building program fund that would
leave little money to pay for loans for the school building program WITHOUT a
The school board opted NOT to have another meeting. Now, the County can only make payments for an $11 Million loan, which is not enough to cover the preliminary cost for the new Loudon Middle School and Philadelphia cafeteria renovation cost estimated at $18.3 Million. This does not include the refined cost estimate for the proposed new Greenback School, which is expected in September.
April 15, 2010 School Board vote for $1.2 M budget increase
Voting YES: Vice Chairman Gary Ubben, Steve Harrelson, Bill Marcus, Leroy Tate, Larry Proaps, Bobby Johnson.
Voting NO: Chairman Scott Newman, Van Shaver, Lisa Russell, and Craig Simon.
June 7, 2010 - Loudon County Commission vote for $1.022 M FY 10-11 yearly school operating budget.
A large tax increase is now proposed.
Voting YES- Harold Duff, David Meers, Nancy Marcus, Chris Park, Roy Bledsoe and Wayne Gardin.
Voting NO � Austin Shaver, Don Miller, Earlena Maples, Bob Franke.