August 22, 2019

Are they really lies?

An article by Sharon Kiley Mack (BDN, Dec. 18) quoted SAD 48 Superintendent William Braun’s accusations that the representatives of the Committee for Reasonable Taxes are lying: “When they say the proposed budget will increase school taxes by 14 percent, that’s a lie. When the say the budget has increased by $670,000, that’s a lie.”

These numbers were printed in the official proposed budget document from the superintendent’s office. If they are lies the superintendent and school board must be lying. The 14 percent was rounded up from slightly below and was the proposed percentage increase in school taxes compared to last year for the district as a whole. The slightly below 14 percent increase equaled $670,000 additional school taxes (not additional “budget” as stated by Mack) compared to last year.

Braun and the school board have not yet begun to focus on the Committee for Reasonable Taxes’ claim that “fiscal responsibility” means, in additional line-item accountability, that taxpayers are no longer willing to make up, through higher school taxes, for the shortfalls in the state subsidy and are no longer willing, if the votes thus far are any indication, to tolerate school-tax increases which are above the rate of inflation.

Hadley Smith


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