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ratfink

Chalfont, PA

#1 Feb 16, 2013
Rats were seen running from the latest school board meeting and they followed the superintendent. These greedy rodents will now cause my 88 year old neighbor to sell her house because she CAN NOT afford one more red cent on taxes.
Old Lady

Broomall, PA

#2 Feb 16, 2013
<decrepit old ladies voice on> That's nice, honey!
ratfink

Chalfont, PA

#3 Feb 16, 2013
Old Lady wrote:
<decrepit old ladies voice on> That's nice, honey!
Your a renter !!!!!!!
Old Lady

Broomall, PA

#4 Feb 16, 2013
'You're a renter' would be the correct answer.
Lotto

Perkasie, PA

#5 Feb 16, 2013
ratfink wrote:
Rats were seen running from the latest school board meeting and they followed the superintendent. These greedy rodents will now cause my 88 year old neighbor to sell her house because she CAN NOT afford one more red cent on taxes.
She probably won't be around much longer. Tell her to get a reverse mortgage, because Andrejko could use a raise.
Get real

Newtown Square, PA

#6 Feb 16, 2013
Wait til we get the bill for our "free" preschool.
Taxes

Broomall, PA

#7 Feb 16, 2013
Any tax increases are approved by the school board, the same new group who vowed to keep taxes in check.

Just more lies to win votes.

You people voted these assclowns Anderson, Landes, Stepanoff, and Stauffer into office.

I hope you're happy with your votes.
Annie

Quakertown, PA

#8 Feb 16, 2013
As usual, topix does not reflect the facts. The new board is trying to keep taxes down, but to do so, the state and federal government have to get their hands out of our pockets. Much of the budget increase is not under the board control. Teacher retirement payments go from $2,000,000 last year to $12,000 000 in 2015. Teacher pay and benefits, agreed to by previous boards, continue to rise. The state demands certain programs and services that are expensive. All the testing is expensive.
The citizens in this country have to demand that government and union pension/benefit packages, particularly for teachers and politicians, be privatized or we will all be taxed out of our houses. We have to save for our retirement and pay for our health benefits as well as pay for their packages, which are huge. Go to school board meetings and find out the facts. I have not been to enough meetings to be sure, but this board seems to be trying to do a good job. A big help would be to do away with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the federal education department. They waste our money big time.
Baloney

Broomall, PA

#9 Feb 16, 2013
Annie wrote:
As usual, topix does not reflect the facts. The new board is trying to keep taxes down, but to do so, the state and federal government have to get their hands out of our pockets. Much of the budget increase is not under the board control. Teacher retirement payments go from $2,000,000 last year to $12,000 000 in 2015. Teacher pay and benefits, agreed to by previous boards, continue to rise. The state demands certain programs and services that are expensive. All the testing is expensive.
The citizens in this country have to demand that government and union pension/benefit packages, particularly for teachers and politicians, be privatized or we will all be taxed out of our houses. We have to save for our retirement and pay for our health benefits as well as pay for their packages, which are huge. Go to school board meetings and find out the facts. I have not been to enough meetings to be sure, but this board seems to be trying to do a good job. A big help would be to do away with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the federal education department. They waste our money big time.
They knew about the PSERS pensions and still made campaign promises they knew they couldn't keep!

Don't give that BS that they are trying to keep taxes down. They sold the community on this "not above the rate of inflation" BS and look, they can't do it, but that's what you get when you have idiots like Stepanoff running the show, financed by a child molester.
Annie

Quakertown, PA

#10 Feb 16, 2013
So I guess you receive a government or union pension and cannot deal with the suggestion the the gravy train stop.
jerry

Emmaus, PA

#11 Feb 16, 2013
Politicans promise anything to get elected. Then when they show up for work, they realize that its not as easy as they were led to believe. Laws, contracts, entitlements 'get in the way' of the promises.
As for the pension issue - 3 entities pay into the retirement system. The teachers and support staff paid their portion of their retirment procurement every year. The state told the schools to 'not' pay the full required amount, and they - the state - didn't pay their full required amount either. Then the economy fell flat and the interest from investments did not produce the forecasted growth. Now everyone has to hurry up and make up the difference. And who gets blamed?--- the teachers and support staff who did their part.
Its time for the state to wise up and come up with a feasible plan for retirements. I know its been done in the private sector, but its really not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game. And by law, a signed contract, no matter what the governer wants, he cannot change the retirement rules on people already retired or in the psers system. The only change that can legally be made is for new people in the system.
And yes, I will be receiving a pser's pension in the near future. That doesn't make me a bad person. I paid in my portion from day one and I put in my years. I wish everyone could say that. It sucks that people who work can't retire comfortably.
Garbage

Broomall, PA

#12 Feb 16, 2013
jerry wrote:
Politicans promise anything to get elected. Then when they show up for work, they realize that its not as easy as they were led to believe. Laws, contracts, entitlements 'get in the way' of the promises.
As for the pension issue - 3 entities pay into the retirement system. The teachers and support staff paid their portion of their retirment procurement every year. The state told the schools to 'not' pay the full required amount, and they - the state - didn't pay their full required amount either. Then the economy fell flat and the interest from investments did not produce the forecasted growth. Now everyone has to hurry up and make up the difference. And who gets blamed?--- the teachers and support staff who did their part.
Its time for the state to wise up and come up with a feasible plan for retirements. I know its been done in the private sector, but its really not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game. And by law, a signed contract, no matter what the governer wants, he cannot change the retirement rules on people already retired or in the psers system. The only change that can legally be made is for new people in the system.
And yes, I will be receiving a pser's pension in the near future. That doesn't make me a bad person. I paid in my portion from day one and I put in my years. I wish everyone could say that. It sucks that people who work can't retire comfortably.
No, I blame the idiots in the legislature that passed this in the first place!

Paul Clymer is one of those who passed it, yet this old goat keeps winning elections. I swear to God that people in this area are sleepwalking in the voting booth!

They complain about taxes but keep reelecting the same idiot who caused the tax increase.

You just can't fix stupid!
Garbage

Broomall, PA

#13 Feb 16, 2013
Annie wrote:
So I guess you receive a government or union pension and cannot deal with the suggestion the the gravy train stop.
We are mandated by law to fund these pensions.

The Stepanoff posse made promises they cannot keep.

If anyone thinks taxes will decrease, have I got a bridge to sell you!
Garbage

Broomall, PA

#14 Feb 16, 2013
jerry wrote:
Politicans promise anything to get elected. Then when they show up for work, they realize that its not as easy as they were led to believe. Laws, contracts, entitlements 'get in the way' of the promises.
As for the pension issue - 3 entities pay into the retirement system. The teachers and support staff paid their portion of their retirment procurement every year. The state told the schools to 'not' pay the full required amount, and they - the state - didn't pay their full required amount either. Then the economy fell flat and the interest from investments did not produce the forecasted growth. Now everyone has to hurry up and make up the difference. And who gets blamed?--- the teachers and support staff who did their part.
Its time for the state to wise up and come up with a feasible plan for retirements. I know its been done in the private sector, but its really not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game. And by law, a signed contract, no matter what the governer wants, he cannot change the retirement rules on people already retired or in the psers system. The only change that can legally be made is for new people in the system.
And yes, I will be receiving a pser's pension in the near future. That doesn't make me a bad person. I paid in my portion from day one and I put in my years. I wish everyone could say that. It sucks that people who work can't retire comfortably.
The blame I place on teachers is continually seeking raises when the taxpayers have lost income AND the performance of the district isn't very good. If we were in the top 5 in the state, then it wouldn't be an issue, but we aren't. Our ROI is poor.
whatascumbag

Quakertown, PA

#15 Feb 16, 2013
jerry wrote:
Politicans promise anything to get elected. Then when they show up for work, they realize that its not as easy as they were led to believe. Laws, contracts, entitlements 'get in the way' of the promises.
As for the pension issue - 3 entities pay into the retirement system. The teachers and support staff paid their portion of their retirment procurement every year. The state told the schools to 'not' pay the full required amount, and they - the state - didn't pay their full required amount either. Then the economy fell flat and the interest from investments did not produce the forecasted growth. Now everyone has to hurry up and make up the difference. And who gets blamed?--- the teachers and support staff who did their part.
Its time for the state to wise up and come up with a feasible plan for retirements. I know its been done in the private sector, but its really not fair to change the rules in the middle of the game. And by law, a signed contract, no matter what the governer wants, he cannot change the retirement rules on people already retired or in the psers system. The only change that can legally be made is for new people in the system.
And yes, I will be receiving a pser's pension in the near future. That doesn't make me a bad person. I paid in my portion from day one and I put in my years. I wish everyone could say that. It sucks that people who work can't retire comfortably.
Yeah well, what I don't understand is why that "ANDERSON" character was ever elected?? being that he was on the other team all along as the head of the teachers union.. fighting for the big raises and pensions of teachers like him and now is fighting against?????? WTF!!! In my book they call that a "RAT" scumbag!!
Must be nice to retire at 59 Yrs old!!
jerry

Emmaus, PA

#16 Feb 16, 2013
If you check, the last few years the teachers in Quakertown have been very cooperative about their wages. They took pay freezes and contribute more to their health care. The larger raises that they got were when the economy was great. Yes they ask for increases.... everyone asks for increases... but you haven't seen strike threats or walk outs. You haven't heard teachers bitching in a public forum. They know they have it good. This year is a negotiating year for both unions. The teachers will more than likely be accomidating to reasonable terms. I would like to see the support staff make out better than they have in the past... and no outsourcing....but its a vicious circle - save money by outsourcing, then your disloyal to employees that have spent a lifetime working for the district. The district cannot win, no matter which way they go.
ratfink

Chalfont, PA

#17 Feb 17, 2013
jerry wrote:
If you check, the last few years the teachers in Quakertown have been very cooperative about their wages. They took pay freezes and contribute more to their health care. The larger raises that they got were when the economy was great. Yes they ask for increases.... everyone asks for increases... but you haven't seen strike threats or walk outs. You haven't heard teachers bitching in a public forum. They know they have it good. This year is a negotiating year for both unions. The teachers will more than likely be accomidating to reasonable terms. I would like to see the support staff make out better than they have in the past... and no outsourcing....but its a vicious circle - save money by outsourcing, then your disloyal to employees that have spent a lifetime working for the district. The district cannot win, no matter which way they go.
How about they take a $15 an hour pay cut so the old people can keep their homes. GREEDY TEACHERS and GREEDY SCHOOL DISTRICT = TAXED TO DEATH.
ratfink

Chalfont, PA

#18 Feb 17, 2013
jerry wrote:
If you check, the last few years the teachers in Quakertown have been very cooperative about their wages. They took pay freezes and contribute more to their health care. The larger raises that they got were when the economy was great. Yes they ask for increases.... everyone asks for increases... but you haven't seen strike threats or walk outs. You haven't heard teachers bitching in a public forum. They know they have it good. This year is a negotiating year for both unions. The teachers will more than likely be accomidating to reasonable terms. I would like to see the support staff make out better than they have in the past... and no outsourcing....but its a vicious circle - save money by outsourcing, then your disloyal to employees that have spent a lifetime working for the district. The district cannot win, no matter which way they go.
During the FIRST revolution we threw the tea in the harbor and just plain stopped paying the oppressive taxes. So what's it going to be this time around ? Everybody is breathing in the bad air and their brains have been effected.
Lotto

Perkasie, PA

#19 Feb 17, 2013
ratfink wrote:
<quoted text>
How about they take a $15 an hour pay cut so the old people can keep their homes. GREEDY TEACHERS and GREEDY SCHOOL DISTRICT = TAXED TO DEATH.
Do you have statistics on how many senior citizens in the QCSD have had to sell their homes because of high school taxes?
ratfink

Chalfont, PA

#20 Feb 17, 2013
Lotto wrote:
<quoted text>Do you have statistics on how many senior citizens in the QCSD have had to sell their homes because of high school taxes?
If there is ONE its too many !!!!!!!!!!

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