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Guest opinion: Building new schools or maintaining existing schools should not be an either-or proposition

September 6, 2018

In 2002, Florida voters approved what sounded like a great thing for children....

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Sep-07-18 9:06 AM

I would be willing to consider voting for a sales tax increase if the school district was operating efficiently and needed more money to function. In order to gain support the district should first stop wasting money. Stop transportation for school choice which wastes millions of dollars. Only provide transportation to the nearest school and if parents want to send their children to a different school then they must provide transportation. Does it really take an entire shopping mall full of non-instructional staff to support the school district? That seems outrageous and a huge drain. Cut the fat and build some schools!!

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Sep-07-18 9:16 AM

I have very little respect for the school district leaders. I am not comfortable giving them even more hard earned money knowing so much of it will be wasted.

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Sep-07-18 9:32 AM

Home values are steadily increasing which means property tax revenues are increasing. Houses, apartment complexes, condos, and businesses are being built in all areas of the county which provides new tax revenue and impact fees. Where is this money going? When the school board fixes their spending problem then they may get support for a tax increase. I will be voting NO!!!

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Sep-09-18 10:17 AM

Nowhere in the opinion is the 1.5 mil ad valorem tax, which is restricted to the Capital Fund, that every Lee County property owner pays annually. This is the same Fund that the 1/2 cent sales tax will be restricted to funding. And, ongoing maintenance isn't a capitalizable expenditure and is paid for from the General Fund, which this proposed tax doesn't support. Please pay attention to all sides of the discussion before making a decision and casting your vote for this added tax.

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