She doesn’t trust fiscal judgment of Mehlville School District leaders

To the editor:

I read in the Call that Mehlville School District leaders seem surprised by the failure of Prop C.

The leaders seem to think they need to do a “better job of educating the voters as to what we’re trying to accomplish.”

I have read what Mehlville is trying to accomplish and I don’t care for their plans.

For instance, performing arts centers in high schools are a want not a need. These two items are over the top for high schools.

For colleges, yes. For high schools, no.

This is a very expensive endeavor with high costs of maintaining and upgrading the technology involved.

Then there was no sunset clause on this 88-cent tax-rate increase.

The district would be receiving over $15 million annually coming to Mehlville forever. Never would I vote for that.

Five former board members respectfully testified against this tax increase. And because it was so unusual for five former board members to decide to come together to speak against this — I listened.

When I learn that in order to get all the parents in the district behind a tax increase, each school has to benefit in some way — whether it is needed or not — it makes me wonder of the necessity of what is being planned.

And I really do not like the tactic used time and again of screaming: “We are at or near the bottom in per-student spending.”

Whenever a tax increase is approved in a district, that district moves up and then other districts fall lower.

And then their leaders can scream that they are “at or near the bottom” in order to get people to vote for more money to that district.

Being at or near the bottom is not an indication that there is too little money being spent to educate students. But it is a great tactic of ratcheting all districts up and up in spending.

I really do not trust the fiscal judgment of the leaders of this district in the least.

Kate Martin

Oakville