Tax Increase by Board of Supervisors

Tax Increase by Board of Supervisors

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overtaxed

United States

#1 May 29, 2012
I just finished looking at the Lebanon News tonight and just had to say something to someone about my thoughts of the Board of Supervisors decision to increase taxes. First of all I would like to voice my appreciation of my supervisor Bob Gibson for being the only supervisor to vote no on raising taxes. I work a job and then farm at night so i am limited to the local newspaper for my information on what is going on in our local government, so some of my opinions could have already been explored as ways to raise revenues without raising taxes.
First off, I would love to know why that in the past 7 years that I have been involved in real estate in this county that no land has ever been sold for back taxes. I do no beleive that all landowners in this county pay their taxes. Also, by selling this property the county will collect on back taxes and receive the taxes for next year after someone buys the property at a public sell.
Next, I want to know why taxes need to be raised to save 3 schools. How many people actually benefit from these schools, and how many teachers are being paid 30 plus grand a year to teach 10 kids? If these schools need to be closed and kids bused to Lebanon or Honaker for the good of the ENTIRE county then they should be closed.
Last, why does the county still own the already closed schools of Oak Grove and Clinch River? I don't know if they still own Dante school or not, but they probably do. These facilities schould be sold at public auction. Someone may buy one of these facilities and do something with it, maybe even create a job. Even if it was one job, it would be more than anyone else has created lately in the county.
I know some of these things are short term fixes, but it is a fix. I would love to know if these options were explored or not, and i guess I will start taking off from my farm chores to attend Supervisor meetings.
Again, thank you Mr. Gibson for your vote of NO on raising taxes, and you will receive my vote if you plan on running for re-election, you are obviously out to help the working class in this county.

Sincerely,
overworked and overtaxed
Where U Been

Abingdon, VA

#2 May 30, 2012
overtaxed wrote:
I just finished looking at the Lebanon News tonight and just had to say something to someone about my thoughts of the Board of Supervisors decision to increase taxes. First of all I would like to voice my appreciation of my supervisor Bob Gibson for being the only supervisor to vote no on raising taxes. I work a job and then farm at night so i am limited to the local newspaper for my information on what is going on in our local government, so some of my opinions could have already been explored as ways to raise revenues without raising taxes.
First off, I would love to know why that in the past 7 years that I have been involved in real estate in this county that no land has ever been sold for back taxes. I do no beleive that all landowners in this county pay their taxes. Also, by selling this property the county will collect on back taxes and receive the taxes for next year after someone buys the property at a public sell.
Next, I want to know why taxes need to be raised to save 3 schools. How many people actually benefit from these schools, and how many teachers are being paid 30 plus grand a year to teach 10 kids? If these schools need to be closed and kids bused to Lebanon or Honaker for the good of the ENTIRE county then they should be closed.
Last, why does the county still own the already closed schools of Oak Grove and Clinch River? I don't know if they still own Dante school or not, but they probably do. These facilities schould be sold at public auction. Someone may buy one of these facilities and do something with it, maybe even create a job. Even if it was one job, it would be more than anyone else has created lately in the county.
I know some of these things are short term fixes, but it is a fix. I would love to know if these options were explored or not, and i guess I will start taking off from my farm chores to attend Supervisor meetings.
Again, thank you Mr. Gibson for your vote of NO on raising taxes, and you will receive my vote if you plan on running for re-election, you are obviously out to help the working class in this county.
Sincerely,
overworked and overtaxed
The coounty residents deserve just what they are getting-----until you get rid of "Tax & Spend Democrats" you will continue to be bled out. Yes, only Gibson had the balls to vote "NO". The other Republican(s) went along to get along (so called Indian Trading). We need Republican Majority on every board in Russell County to really get good conservative representation. Until that happens, you are in for the same as you're getting now.
frustrated

Statesville, NC

#3 May 30, 2012
Where U Been wrote:
<quoted text>The coounty residents deserve just what they are getting-----until you get rid of "Tax & Spend Democrats" you will continue to be bled out. Yes, only Gibson had the balls to vote "NO". The other Republican(s) went along to get along (so called Indian Trading). We need Republican Majority on every board in Russell County to really get good conservative representation. Until that happens, you are in for the same as you're getting now.
I tend to disagree when you say the county residents are getting what they deserve. In case you forgot, EVERYONE doesn't vote for democrats or the "other" Republicans. It just happened to be that the Democrats won the last election. I'm sick of people voting these officials back into office just because of who they know or because they got a job from such and such person. This county needs a big change or we will end up like Washington County before we know it.
Perhaps

Abingdon, VA

#4 May 30, 2012
frustrated wrote:
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I tend to disagree when you say the county residents are getting what they deserve. In case you forgot, EVERYONE doesn't vote for democrats or the "other" Republicans. It just happened to be that the Democrats won the last election. I'm sick of people voting these officials back into office just because of who they know or because they got a job from such and such person. This county needs a big change or we will end up like Washington County before we know it.
Maybe the writer means that until enough people get tired enough of the old Democrats running everything to get up off their duffs and work to oust every one of them, then you deserve what you get. You will never have anything positive and futuristic under a Democrat controlled government, they believe too much that the government is suppose to know best for everyone. The Democrat party wants to keep society dependent on them (socialist) for everything thus keeping them in power. Proven fact, the Democrats are nothing more than tax and spend, they never meet a tax they don't like. At lease Washington County does have nice facilities, just visit the Coomes Center and the Library, that will tell you a lot---compare just those two to anything in Russell County--you will see why you all are 40 years (or more) behind. Oh well, Washington County is a different (higher) class of people for the most part. We don;t choose to remain in the stone age.
taxed2death

Lebanon, VA

#5 May 30, 2012
vote all of those sobs out
taxed2death

Lebanon, VA

#6 May 30, 2012
vote all those sobs out. get rid of them.
overtaxed

United States

#7 May 30, 2012
i didnt want this post to turn into republicans vs. democrats i want to know why the things i stated were not taked about as a solution to not placing more taxes on this people of the county.
Tom

Castlewood, VA

#8 May 30, 2012
Tell me why they feel the need to have a full time principal at Copper Creek Primary for 6 classes. He makes over 60,000 . Come one people! How much mileage do we pay the school board members to come to their own meetings? Why do county employees need to be driving large gas guzzlers home?
Josh Street

Bedford, VA

#9 May 30, 2012
protest at the Russell co court house.

Be sure to hole up you sign saying "Being raped by the county"
taxpayer

Rock Hill, SC

#10 May 30, 2012
I'm curious myself as to why Copper Creek is not being mentioned as a school to consider closing. As a single, working parent I cannot afford higher taxes.
taxpayer

South Boston, VA

#11 May 30, 2012
You people must NOT be reading the other post on here from all the people complaining about the closing of 3 schools. The people of Russell County do NOT want the smaller schools closed. The only way we can keep them open is to raise taxes.

I have no issue what so ever with my taxes being raised if it was something the people wanted. We need a YMCA type of facility in Lebanon with an indoor pool a large walking track and a workout room with treadmills. Tax money used to build it and have a small membership fee to keep it running. It's just to far to drive to the Coomes center in Abingdon each day. Nothing in this life is free someone is paying for it.
Dude

Lebanon, VA

#12 May 30, 2012
Born free...taxed to death. It's the American way!!
Concerned Citizen

Tannersville, VA

#13 May 31, 2012
taxpayer wrote:
I'm curious myself as to why Copper Creek is not being mentioned as a school to consider closing. As a single, working parent I cannot afford higher taxes.
Copper Creek has 7 classes of Pre K and K only. If it closed they would have to send to Castlewood Elementary which has only 1st through 7th grades. Castlewood is already overcrowded. No rooms to put 7 classes of Pre K and K unless you set up trailers or build on to the school. I for one would not want my Pre K or K student going to an overcrowded Castlewood School.
well

Honaker, VA

#14 May 31, 2012
Concerned Citizen wrote:
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Copper Creek has 7 classes of Pre K and K only. If it closed they would have to send to Castlewood Elementary which has only 1st through 7th grades. Castlewood is already overcrowded. No rooms to put 7 classes of Pre K and K unless you set up trailers or build on to the school. I for one would not want my Pre K or K student going to an overcrowded Castlewood School.
Well, it's the same with all of the other schools that are on the chopping block. Parent's do not want their children going to the overcrowded school's in Lebanon either!!
really

Christiansburg, VA

#15 May 31, 2012
well wrote:
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Well, it's the same with all of the other schools that are on the chopping block. Parent's do not want their children going to the overcrowded school's in Lebanon either!!
Then let those parents pay the extra cost, NOT THE TAX PAYER.
well

Honaker, VA

#16 May 31, 2012
really wrote:
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Then let those parents pay the extra cost, NOT THE TAX PAYER.
Those parent's pay taxes and are tax payer's just like you are! And we probably wouldn't be in this situation if we didn't have a bunch of moron's spending the tax payers money!! Think about it for a second! What do we have in Russell County?!? Do we have any campgrounds? Decent parks? Things for the children to do in our little county? NO WE DONT!! We have to leave Russell county to go camping, watch a movie, Do just about anything that is fun. All we can really say that we have in this county is a bunch of politics and politicians who dont know their A@& from a hole in the ground! They obviously aren't trying to benefit our county and everyone better be opening their eyes and realizing that it's only going to get worse! All you see in this town is a bunch of empty buildings, that will sit there until they fall in because no one cares and that's just the way it is! Sad county!
well

Honaker, VA

#17 May 31, 2012
AND We will probably wind up like Wise county. With that big school consolidation! All those empty schools just so they could build 3 NEW schools for what? And Why? Just wasting money!
I wouldn't be surprised if that's what Russell County is trying to do now, just trying to slip it on by everyone!
Concerned Citizen

Tannersville, VA

#18 May 31, 2012
well wrote:
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Well, it's the same with all of the other schools that are on the chopping block. Parent's do not want their children going to the overcrowded school's in Lebanon either!!
Well at least Lebanon made AYP last year. Castlewood did not. I am just saying that Castlewood already has 3 and 4 classes per grade and are almost over the limit on the number of students they can have in a classroom. I am just not sure where they can come up with 7 classrooms. I also do not think that the other schools should be closed. Small class sizes are better for the students and the future of our towns and economies because if the students are not learning now how will they be when they grow up. They are suppose to be our future.
teacher

Charlotte, NC

#19 May 31, 2012
Concerned Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>Well at least Lebanon made AYP last year. Castlewood did not. I am just saying that Castlewood already has 3 and 4 classes per grade and are almost over the limit on the number of students they can have in a classroom. I am just not sure where they can come up with 7 classrooms. I also do not think that the other schools should be closed. Small class sizes are better for the students and the future of our towns and economies because if the students are not learning now how will they be when they grow up. They are suppose to be our future.
The potential closing won't be changing anything in Castlewood. Swords creek can be moved 5 miles down the road and placed in givens with no other changes. Same number of classrooms and same number of kids in them. They won't be going to Honaker unless the parents choose to send them there.

Still blows my mind that parents think kids in larger schools don't get a good education.
Concerned Citizen

Tannersville, VA

#20 May 31, 2012
teacher wrote:
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The potential closing won't be changing anything in Castlewood. Swords creek can be moved 5 miles down the road and placed in givens with no other changes. Same number of classrooms and same number of kids in them. They won't be going to Honaker unless the parents choose to send them there.
Still blows my mind that parents think kids in larger schools don't get a good education.
I was just responding to the one who said they should close Copper Creek and I have had children in a small school and one in a larger school and I can tell you there is a dramatic difference in the amount of one on one and assistance a student receives in a smaller school as opposed to a larger school. The lower primary grades are the essential grades for students to learn and if the teacher does not have the time in the classroom to help then those students could be lost in the beginning. It is not the teacher's fought because they have so many things they have to deal with including reports, standards, and of course parents. And of course whether a student gets a good education in a larger school also depends on the school and how it's administration handles things.

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