Albemarle School Board Looks at Budget
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#1 Dec 13, 2010
Albemarle School Board member Steve Koleszar says"Albemarle County's ability to fund education is affected seriously by the revenue sharing agreement."
That's not really true.
Albemarle County's ability to fund education is impaired primarily by two things:(1) it grants its biggest landowners to get a BIG tax subsidy from county taxpayers, and (2) it maintains the lowest tax rate for a locality of its wealth in the state.
SIxty percent of all county land gets the tax subsidy which now accounts for MORE money ($20 million) than it provides to the city
in revenue-sharing funds.
And this past year hundreds of county taxpayers asked for a tax increase to better fund the schools. The supervisors, led by its conservative block, said no.
The county already does nearly everything it can to keep its costs low. It set up a rigged, false "market" to determine what to pay teachers. A series of lawsuits claim the county routinely cheats its employees in compensation and benefits.
Koleszar knows how to fix the funding problem and it isn't to try and bully the city.
#2 Dec 13, 2010
How about CUTTING the school budget and providing some TAX CUTS FOR DECENT PEOPLE that are not GOVERNMENT LEECHES?
#3 Dec 14, 2010
That argument might have worked the past couple of years but Mr. Koleszar is incorrect given today's numbers. Why wasn't Mr. Koleszar fighting for less spending this year when they decided to spend $500K on rehabbing several school playgrounds? Where was he when they were approving bonuses for county employees? I simply don't get it, how can these people be so out of touch with the tax payers? I could easily fix the imbalance: immediate cut pay for all county workers by 10%, for the top 5% earners paycuts of 30%. Freeze all capitol spending projects, Drop the YMCA, Stop the Meadow Creek Parkway, Enact a pay to play fee system for all secondary county services, Renegotiate the Revenue sharing NON-agreement.
These are tough times so tough decisions need to be made.
#4 Dec 15, 2010
Sorry but you don't have a clue. Learn your civics.
When playgrounds are unsafe, they must be replaced.
Cut all employees pay by 10-30% they will leave.(Although you'd probably say that was just as well, but exactly who do you think is going to do the work that needs to get done)
Freeze all capital spending. You apparently don't understand the concept of maintaining what we have as a means of avoiding further work next year.
Pay to play in secondary county services would turn the county into a feedom from the middle ages,
The revenue sharing agreement can ONLY be re-negotiated with City approval which they will not give. Stopping it will result in immediate litigation with C'ville which we will lose.
YMCA and Meadowcreek, well, nobody wants them anyway so I'll give you those.
But you clearly do not understand the differences between the School budget, and the county budget, of which the school budget is a part. The school board hasn't got a thing to do with the revenue sharing agreement, capital improvements or county services.
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