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Hawkins BOE won’t budge on disputed $90,349 Rogersville City School bus bill

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Wondering

Marion, NC

#1 Dec 8, 2013
http://www.timesnews.net/article/9070741/hawk...

I think Hawkins County Schools are just jealous that RCS always has better test scores, and they can give their students a better education. HCS is spending money on stupid things and then they can't even pay to have hot water in RMS bathrooms.

RCS takes better care of their school. HCS schools are dumps. They don't even clean them well.

I hope RCS never joins HCS, because if they do it will go down hill from then on. They need to build their own high school. If RCS would have a high school, it would be nothing like Cherokee or Volunteer. Teens wouldn't get pregnant, teens wouldn't smoke in the bathrooms, etc. This town needs to be cleaned of its' trashy people. Let's get all the drug addicts, alcoholics,and so called gangs out of this town.
Facts

Savannah, TN

#2 Dec 8, 2013
The city can't afford a high school, as nice as it would be to have one. But, you're living in a dream world if you think the students that would attend there wouldn't have sex or smoke. Kids are kids no matter what school they attend. Getting all those "trashy" people out may not be the solution either. The solution may be to help them see the error of their ways and let them stay and be productive.
lmao

Dalton, GA

#4 Dec 8, 2013
Why not just make them get and run their own busses. Problem solved. Better yet just let them be totally dependant on the city . No more county money or help period. Move all county schools and services out of the city.
fyi

Ringgold, GA

#6 Dec 8, 2013
I believe you're forgetting that Rogersville city residents pay county property taxes, too, and at the same rate residents outside the city pay. This year I'll pay Rogersville city about $850, and even more, about $1300, to the county on the same piece of property. Frankly, I'm a little weary of hearing about those buses being paid for with county money.
lmao

Dalton, GA

#7 Dec 8, 2013
fyi wrote:
I believe you're forgetting that Rogersville city residents pay county property taxes, too, and at the same rate residents outside the city pay. This year I'll pay Rogersville city about $850, and even more, about $1300, to the county on the same piece of property. Frankly, I'm a little weary of hearing about those buses being paid for with county money.
You moved there. Stupidity costs. Don't whine .
Dr Enough

Abingdon, VA

#8 Dec 8, 2013
If the city cannot afford to fully fund their school they need to shut it down. It is not the county's responsibility.
Facts

Savannah, TN

#9 Dec 9, 2013
Dr Enough wrote:
If the city cannot afford to fully fund their school they need to shut it down. It is not the county's responsibility.
Never said the city couldn't fund the school they have, only that they can't fund another one. Fact is city residents fund county schools too and don't use them since they pay the exact same tax rate county residents do. City residents are simply saying county schools (more specifically double payment toward the buses) are not THEIR responsibility. If someone presented you with a jacked up Bill that you had no contract for would you pay it? What are you jealous of?
Over It

Clarksville, TN

#10 Dec 9, 2013
The breakdown of tax dollars, including Rogersville's somewhat insignificant portion of it, has been posted countless times. If you still feel entitled despite the fact that your district actually regains a large percentage of what you pay - and is most likely disproportionate to what other schools receive, then there's no convincing you otherwise.
HOWEVER, like it or not, providing student transportation is a part of funding a special district and yes, it would be your responsibility as a city taxpayer to fully fund that district as long as you wish to keep it free from county oversight and involvement. Fund it or eliminate it. There's your options.
I do agree there should have been a contract in place, but it seems a few city residents are misplacing their anger. It is in no way the county government's job to ensure a contract was in place. That would be YOUR board and director. I'd take that up with them.
city and county taxpayer

Ringgold, GA

#11 Dec 9, 2013
Last week I told Mike Williams of the county board of education and several members of the city board of education that I would like to see bus service to the city school discontinued. JRP and Hawkins Elementary are good schools. It's Rogersville Middle that parents haven't wanted their children in. Now RMS is being vastly improved. County bus service to the city school seems to be nothing but a headache.
Jenny

Knoxville, TN

#12 Dec 9, 2013
If city residents pay the same county tax rate as a county resident, then they have the same right to the buses. If bus service is cut, then the county tax rate for city residents need to be cut also.
WONDER WHAT IT

Knoxville, TN

#13 Dec 9, 2013
Would cost the county to cover what it would cost them if they took in the city students? lets start with additional space, teachers, take it from there.
Sweet Thang

Dallas, TX

#14 Dec 9, 2013
It is not a question of who pays what taxes (city and/or county). It is a question of funding. Pay the bill or the students walk. That should make Mrs. Obama happy to see fat kids walking to school.
Hhm

Johnson City, TN

#15 Dec 9, 2013
Ever notice all the COUNTY kids that get off at RCS in the afternoons. Some wait on other buses but a HUGE percentage of those kids are RCS teachers kids that go to Cherokee.
Taxpayer

United States

#16 Dec 9, 2013
Hhm wrote:
Ever notice all the COUNTY kids that get off at RCS in the afternoons. Some wait on other buses but a HUGE percentage of those kids are RCS teachers kids that go to Cherokee.
Exactly! How quick people forget that RCS only goes to the 8th grade and then use the county schools. Pay the bill Sells there was more money wasted studying for a sidewalk to RCS on Boradway than the difference the county is asking!
SOMEHOW

Knoxville, TN

#17 Dec 9, 2013
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly! How quick people forget that RCS only goes to the 8th grade and then use the county schools. Pay the bill Sells there was more money wasted studying for a sidewalk to RCS on Boradway than the difference the county is asking!
Your and Hhms logic have collided in outer space....which school systems did you two enjoy?
Scoop

Sevierville, TN

#18 Dec 9, 2013
Jenny wrote:
If city residents pay the same county tax rate as a county resident, then they have the same right to the buses. If bus service is cut, then the county tax rate for city residents need to be cut also.
They can ride a county bus, paid for by county taxes, to a county school anytime.
Hmh

Johnson City, TN

#19 Dec 9, 2013
SOMEHOW wrote:
<quoted text>Your and Hhms logic have collided in outer space....which school systems did you two enjoy?
County is including these kids in the RCS count of transported kids. Yes, they are RCS drop offs BUT they are county kids.

I had no logic just pointing out an overlooked angle.
WONDER WHAT

New Market, TN

#20 Dec 9, 2013
If we formed another county and stop paying any county taxes to Hawkins?
lmao

Dalton, GA

#22 Dec 9, 2013
WONDER WHAT wrote:
If we formed another county and stop paying any county taxes to Hawkins?
You would be bankrupt from the start. The city is only 4000 people. There is not enough sales taxes and such to support the city with out county help.
Facts

Savannah, TN

#23 Dec 9, 2013
Sweet Thang wrote:
It is not a question of who pays what taxes (city and/or county). It is a question of funding. Pay the bill or the students walk. That should make Mrs. Obama happy to see fat kids walking to school.
Oh, but it IS a question of who pays what taxes. City residents are already paying for buses AND for county schools they aren't using. Same as if they had kids going there. Seems like the county could at least provide the bus service for them since they aren't providing anything else for that part of the taxes. Yet they expect the city residents, and yes that's where it ultimately comes from, to pay for buses they've already helped pay for once. Oh, and while you're at it, ask them to pay for it without agreeing to it. Yes, it certainly IS a matter of who pays what taxes. And the fat county kids could walk too.

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