Reader glad to see one board in south county cutting taxes, saving money

To the editor:

Isn’t it appropriate that in the season of giving, I read an exclusive interview in the Dec. 28 issue of the Call of how the Mehlville Fire Protection District is going to vote on giving us a chance to decrease our property taxes forever?

This is a welcome break to the season of taking that has been going on in south county as evidenced by the 94 attempts at tax increases in the last 19 years.

I would hope Mehlville schools would be next as I see how this year their enrollment has declined by 341 students and their assessed valuation has increased by $188,181,340.

More taxes and fewer students sound like a recipe for a tax decrease, right? Wrong.

It seems that the nearly $2 million that they dropped on luxury items like artificial turf is making it harder to buy necessities like buses.

So they are now spending $50,000-plus to hire a consulting group called Unicom-ARC to soften us up for a bond issue. For readers who don’t remember, the last two times public money was squandered on Unicom-ARC was for the Mehlville School District’s Prop P — now more than $20 million over budget — and the Mehlville Fire Protection District’s Prop S — the greatest sham in the history of south county.

Why couldn’t Mehlville do what Rockwood schools did? And that was — gasp — actually ask voters for approval to buy the artificial turf? Rockwood voters said no, and the turf idea died. Or Clayton schools, where an outside group raised money for the turf as not to burden residents.

I’m glad to see that there is one board in south county that is cutting our taxes and saving us money.

Joel Hemme

Oakville