As noted last week, the North East School Board has proposed a budget for the upcoming 23-24 school year that includes a 3.97 percent tax increase. This follows a 3.94 percent increase for 22-23 and 1.94 percent for 21-22. There’s a point when raising taxes may not be the best option, perhaps it makes more sense to adjust spending to match income.
Tonight, May 4th, the regular school board meeting will be held in the North East Elementary Center at 7PM. Every taxpayer in North East should be interested in seeing how their board performs, how the money is spent, how they conduct business and how well they listen to public input.
For a 3.97 percent increase, they should be able to show exactly how that was determined, what changes from previous years make a tax increase necessary and why no other adjustments are possible that would allow them to operate within their current budget.
A long list of rules
If you look at the agenda linked below, you’ll also find they have a very strict set of rules attached and among them I found this:
All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually.
To tell the public who they may or may not question, indicates a basic misunderstanding among members of the school board regarding their positions and authority. That, in itself, could be the beginning of an interesting discussion.
The school board works for you and me, not the other way around. It’s time we start paying closer attention to make sure they haven’t gone rogue and attending the board meetings is how we do it. Stop by tonight at 7PM. Let’s shine some light on the board and see what it looks like.