Gilliam asks for - recallable nickle'

Aug 22, 2012 Full story: Middlesboro Daily News 146

Because of facility needs throughout the Bell County School District, Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam requests that the board adopt the "recallable nickle," which is a temporary tax.

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Parrott Head

Somerset, KY

#64 Aug 25, 2012
Upkeep

Winchester, KY

#65 Aug 25, 2012
Its time to make do and be glad for what we do have its not time to accelerate spending!
Gordon

Emmalena, KY

#66 Aug 25, 2012
Ride those tax mongers outta Bell County on a rail. That's after a good tar and feathering.

Time to vote out any board member that agrees to a tax. Put in board members that will replace a superintendent that even thinks of a tax.
Sad Affairs

Danville, KY

#67 Aug 25, 2012
to bad people didnt follow through with the threats made during the forced consolidation. someone snipe this hag.
COLBY and ROB

United States

#68 Aug 25, 2012
These are what we need recallable.
Enough

Middlesboro, KY

#69 Aug 27, 2012
It is time the citizens of Bell County speak up. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. How can the board go along with this. It seems to me that you should live within your budget - not be hiring more personnel every other day. This is not about the children. The children would get a good education in a one room school building if they had a good teacher. I am not suggesting that we go backwards, just making a point. People in this county can't afford this. The economy is so bad here and a lot of propery owners live on a fixed income. With prices on everything going up, people simply cannot afford to pay more taxes. Please, Mrs. Gilliam, reconsider this, we simply cannot afford it.
Budget

Winchester, KY

#70 Aug 27, 2012
Enough wrote:
It is time the citizens of Bell County speak up. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. How can the board go along with this. It seems to me that you should live within your budget - not be hiring more personnel every other day. This is not about the children. The children would get a good education in a one room school building if they had a good teacher. I am not suggesting that we go backwards, just making a point. People in this county can't afford this. The economy is so bad here and a lot of propery owners live on a fixed income. With prices on everything going up, people simply cannot afford to pay more taxes. Please, Mrs. Gilliam, reconsider this, we simply cannot afford it.
I agree and this board and new superintendent should be sympathetic and live within their means as others have had to do.
YourRaiseCostUs

Russia

#71 Aug 27, 2012
Raising taxes and having everyone be at the mercy of Gilliam is a good way to lose citizens and even more revenue.Raising taxes should be out of the question ! People dont know what Gilliam will do next.This spending spree has to stop. The problems in BC schools could have been avoidable by keeping Thompson.When you have a school system that is for themselves and self serving then its obvious its not about kids.This board and Gilliam planned to raise our taxes from the get-go and score more money for own purposes.The school needs to budget themselves and freeze spending. The raises and hirings should be stopped and use the money on the building if it needs to be.Has anyone thought about education lately ?We know they want all this money for themselves and not the kids.
We will remember

Middlesboro, KY

#72 Aug 27, 2012
If this goes through, I will do everything that I can to see that this board is not re-elected. We all have friends and family that vote. If we stick together, we will vote the blood sucking, money grabbing, unethical board out. Then we can get rid of the high and mighty, big spender Gilliam. The two board members that is against this should be applauded.
Cranky1

Versailles, KY

#73 Aug 28, 2012
Just be careful when voting for board members. Make sure they are not already one of Gilliam's rubber stamp YES votes.

How would we as a community get this put on the ballot for the citizens to vote up or down rather than a stacked board getting the final say?
Informed

Harrogate, TN

#74 Aug 28, 2012
For all of you that seem to think this is a new idea, Mr. Thompson supported the "Recallable Nickel" as well.
Check the board tapes when the baseball boosters made their presentation this spring. He spoke in support of this proposal at that time.
Our children are our future and they deserve to have the best facilities we can provide. He believed this just as much as the current administration does. He hated delaying maintenance issues time after time after time. The air conditioning project and road repair at Bell Central are two examples of projects delayed time and again due to the lack of funding is past year.
Funding for school construction is a separate pocket of money which has nothing to do with who is hired and what personnel are paid. Over the years the Bell County Board has spent this money wisely as evidenced by our facilities, but buildings get old and need repair.
This was going to be an issue regardless of who was hired as superintendent or who is elected to the board. Mr. Thompson's motto was "Its About Kids". If you take the opportunity to ask him he will tell you that this is a necessary action by the board and he supports it fully.
If the people of Bell County will look beyond the petty politics that have filled this message board during the last few months and ask themselves what is best for the CHILDREN of BELL COUNTY, they will support this measure.
How Sweet

Washington, IN

#75 Aug 28, 2012
Informed wrote:
For all of you that seem to think this is a new idea, Mr. Thompson supported the "Recallable Nickel" as well.
Check the board tapes when the baseball boosters made their presentation this spring. He spoke in support of this proposal at that time.
Our children are our future and they deserve to have the best facilities we can provide. He believed this just as much as the current administration does. He hated delaying maintenance issues time after time after time. The air conditioning project and road repair at Bell Central are two examples of projects delayed time and again due to the lack of funding is past year.
Funding for school construction is a separate pocket of money which has nothing to do with who is hired and what personnel are paid. Over the years the Bell County Board has spent this money wisely as evidenced by our facilities, but buildings get old and need repair.
This was going to be an issue regardless of who was hired as superintendent or who is elected to the board. Mr. Thompson's motto was "Its About Kids". If you take the opportunity to ask him he will tell you that this is a necessary action by the board and he supports it fully.
If the people of Bell County will look beyond the petty politics that have filled this message board during the last few months and ask themselves what is best for the CHILDREN of BELL COUNTY, they will support this measure.
It appears Fat Boy Jeff has drank the blonde kool aid!
Enough Is ENOUGH

United States

#76 Aug 28, 2012
Real simple. Take that Fire Tax the county is collecting and will never use for fire protection services and put that toward the schools instead. Or give it back to the people. Times are too tough for our politicians to take our money and then let it sit in a bank somewhere. If you ain't using it - GIVE IT BACK TO THE WORKING PEOPLE WHO WILL.

No NEW taxes until that is done! And get a school board that understands they work for us - we don't work for them. Fire two or three and the rest will get the message.
Then

Winchester, KY

#77 Aug 28, 2012
Informed wrote:
For all of you that seem to think this is a new idea, Mr. Thompson supported the "Recallable Nickel" as well.
Check the board tapes when the baseball boosters made their presentation this spring. He spoke in support of this proposal at that time.
Our children are our future and they deserve to have the best facilities we can provide. He believed this just as much as the current administration does. He hated delaying maintenance issues time after time after time. The air conditioning project and road repair at Bell Central are two examples of projects delayed time and again due to the lack of funding is past year.
Funding for school construction is a separate pocket of money which has nothing to do with who is hired and what personnel are paid. Over the years the Bell County Board has spent this money wisely as evidenced by our facilities, but buildings get old and need repair.
This was going to be an issue regardless of who was hired as superintendent or who is elected to the board. Mr. Thompson's motto was "Its About Kids". If you take the opportunity to ask him he will tell you that this is a necessary action by the board and he supports it fully.
If the people of Bell County will look beyond the petty politics that have filled this message board during the last few months and ask themselves what is best for the CHILDREN of BELL COUNTY, they will support this measure.
Then let Thompson be Assistant Superintendent and 99% of the county will be happy!
Then

Winchester, KY

#78 Aug 28, 2012
Informed wrote:
For all of you that seem to think this is a new idea, Mr. Thompson supported the "Recallable Nickel" as well.
Check the board tapes when the baseball boosters made their presentation this spring. He spoke in support of this proposal at that time.
Our children are our future and they deserve to have the best facilities we can provide. He believed this just as much as the current administration does. He hated delaying maintenance issues time after time after time. The air conditioning project and road repair at Bell Central are two examples of projects delayed time and again due to the lack of funding is past year.
Funding for school construction is a separate pocket of money which has nothing to do with who is hired and what personnel are paid. Over the years the Bell County Board has spent this money wisely as evidenced by our facilities, but buildings get old and need repair.
This was going to be an issue regardless of who was hired as superintendent or who is elected to the board. Mr. Thompson's motto was "Its About Kids". If you take the opportunity to ask him he will tell you that this is a necessary action by the board and he supports it fully.
If the people of Bell County will look beyond the petty politics that have filled this message board during the last few months and ask themselves what is best for the CHILDREN of BELL COUNTY, they will support this measure.
He wanted to do many things but his hands were due to politics and foolish rhetoric!
Voice of reason

Richmond, KY

#79 Aug 28, 2012
The tax equates to $4.17 per month on a $100,000 home. What is it worth to you to know your children and grandchildren have adequate buildings to go to school in?
working man

Knoxville, TN

#80 Aug 28, 2012
Voice of reason wrote:
The tax equates to $4.17 per month on a $100,000 home. What is it worth to you to know your children and grandchildren have adequate buildings to go to school in?
If we keep losing jobs in this area, our kids and grandkids will be living and going to school somewhere else.
Voice of reason

United States

#81 Aug 28, 2012
working man wrote:
<quoted text>
If we keep losing jobs in this area, our kids and grandkids will be living and going to school somewhere else.
Some will, but the ones that stay deserve what we can give them. Most houses in the county are valued at far less than $100,000 so their share would be less. If a home is valued at $50,000 the increase would only be $2.08 per month. I think some are blowing this way out of proportion because they wanted Mr. Thompson back. I did too, but I understand what it is about.
Someone that Knows

Corbin, KY

#82 Aug 29, 2012
Adam wrote:
Am I right to say that it was Yellow Creek that was complaining about losing students and now it is these taxes that are going to build new rooms on a school that has less students than it has had before? How much sense does that make? Someone is getting a favor paid at Yellow Creek. Maybe the money should come from someone who is lucky enough to be making a salary and drawing a good retirement check while the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet.Two Board members voted against the tax, they understand the struggle of most people. I hope everybody shows up for this public meeting. I didn't believe all the stuff being said about the new supt. and board members until now.
Can U Say STUPID? Yellow Creeks numbers have raised this yr!!! Some classrooms have almost 30 students in them, why not go check it out for yourself! For all who said that Gilliam is the fault of the school system being in debt hello when she left the it was to the good and when Thompson took over look where it is!!!! I think that the budget for all the schools should be public so everyone can see how the budget is spent and handled!!!
Enough2

Winchester, KY

#83 Aug 29, 2012
Enough wrote:
It is time the citizens of Bell County speak up. This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. How can the board go along with this. It seems to me that you should live within your budget - not be hiring more personnel every other day. This is not about the children. The children would get a good education in a one room school building if they had a good teacher. I am not suggesting that we go backwards, just making a point. People in this county can't afford this. The economy is so bad here and a lot of propery owners live on a fixed income. With prices on everything going up, people simply cannot afford to pay more taxes. Please, Mrs. Gilliam, reconsider this, we simply cannot afford it.
you are right !

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