15 local agencies want the penny tax for Baldwin schools renewed in November

Oct 3, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Alabama Live

Pictured here are supporters who marched through downtown Foley in 2010 in support of a 1-cent sales tax for Baldwin County schools.

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sore

Tomball, TX

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Oct 4, 2012
 
Amazing. Everybody else had lowered incomes. Why not teachers. None of this passes the smell test
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Foley, AL

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Oct 4, 2012
 
sore wrote:
Amazing. Everybody else had lowered incomes. Why not teachers. None of this passes the smell test
Don't you know that teachers are superior human beings and not subject to layoffs, pay cuts, 50 weeks work per year or less than the maximum paid health insurance and huge retirement program. Tax payers are subject to keeping them fat and happy no matter how many uneducated students they rubber stamp through high school.
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Foley, AL

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Oct 4, 2012
 
"15 local agencies want the penny tax for Baldwin schools renewed in November"

Of course they want this unfair tax renewed (this time forever). They are on the receiving side and not on the paying side. VOTE "NO" TO THE EXTENSION OF THE 1%(NOT 1-CENT) INCREASE IN THE BALDWIN COUNTY SALES TAX. JUST SAY "NO".
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Foley, AL

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Oct 8, 2012
 
As a senior I don't know much about bills but if the tax doesn't pass then our sports, clubs, and fine arts will be cut. We've already lost teachers and staff since my freshman year and it's getting hard in classes with 30 kids in a cramped room. One effect that the tax would actually have on property would be the decline in interest in Baldwin County property because the schools (public) would not offer students sports or extracurricular activities like band, chorus (already cut in most county high schools), football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, ALL CLUBS because teachers get small bonus to sponsor these. As much as the schools give to me I would hope people would try to give future students as much opportunity as I had, but simply saying that the tax isn't helping schools is not true.
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Foley, AL

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Oct 9, 2012
 
Baldwin Student wrote:
As a senior I don't know much about bills but if the tax doesn't pass then our sports, clubs, and fine arts will be cut. We've already lost teachers and staff since my freshman year and it's getting hard in classes with 30 kids in a cramped room. One effect that the tax would actually have on property would be the decline in interest in Baldwin County property because the schools (public) would not offer students sports or extracurricular activities like band, chorus (already cut in most county high schools), football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, ALL CLUBS because teachers get small bonus to sponsor these. As much as the schools give to me I would hope people would try to give future students as much opportunity as I had, but simply saying that the tax isn't helping schools is not true.
The public is obligated to pay for public education. The Public is not obligated to pay for school sports teams or school bands. If students parents want such programs, then let them put up the money to support them.
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Oct 10, 2012
 
Baldwin Student wrote:
As a senior I don't know much about bills but if the tax doesn't pass then our sports, clubs, and fine arts will be cut. We've already lost teachers and staff since my freshman year and it's getting hard in classes with 30 kids in a cramped room. One effect that the tax would actually have on property would be the decline in interest in Baldwin County property because the schools (public) would not offer students sports or extracurricular activities like band, chorus (already cut in most county high schools), football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, ALL CLUBS because teachers get small bonus to sponsor these. As much as the schools give to me I would hope people would try to give future students as much opportunity as I had, but simply saying that the tax isn't helping schools is not true.
Earning money to support the sports would be a good lesson for life ahead. Expecting entitlements for extracurricular activities will be a reality just as your parents have seen budget cuts at their work and in the home. 30 kids? Oh wow! My second grade class had 52 and the teacher taught and we behaved! In high school,we were in portables with no less than 40-45 kids in UN-AIR CONDITIONED comfort There were a few troublemaking toads that didn't like being told what to do and only came to school when they wanted to but they eventially were put in" special education" at boot camp and sent off to 'Nam on their senior trip .So what's your problem?
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Foley, AL

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Oct 13, 2012
 
ThomasA wrote:
<quoted text>Earning money to support the sports would be a good lesson for life ahead. Expecting entitlements for extracurricular activities will be a reality just as your parents have seen budget cuts at their work and in the home. 30 kids? Oh wow! My second grade class had 52 and the teacher taught and we behaved! In high school,we were in portables with no less than 40-45 kids in UN-AIR CONDITIONED comfort There were a few troublemaking toads that didn't like being told what to do and only came to school when they wanted to but they eventially were put in" special education" at boot camp and sent off to 'Nam on their senior trip .So what's your problem?
ThomasA, you and I both know that is letter was not written by a student and if anyone believes that it was then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.
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Westminster, MD

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#8
Oct 17, 2012
 
Look at all the private schools in this part of the State and State wide who spend less and do more. Their academics are higher, graduates recieve more scholarships to higher institutions, sports teams are funded by parents and donations and they dominate. By the way all sports teams have to raise their own monies now, so there want be any different. For Dr. Lee to play on your emotions is wrong and shows his lack of leadership!
Baldwin county could do more with less if forced. Cut Dr. Lee's massive spending and salary, pay cut administration, kick out kids who are discipline problem, clean up waste and you can do a lot more with a lot less. We the average citizen has had to cut back, so should they. Well, they had better plan because we are not voting your gravey trane back in. Get ready!!!!!1
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Foley, AL

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Oct 17, 2012
 
As long as the voters continue to give the school system more and more money, they will never look at ways to operate more efficiently. If this 1% increase in the Baldwin County Sales tax is approved by the voters on November 6th then you can expect another referendum to be up for vote in 5 years from now TO ONCE AGAIN EXTEND IT if it is not automatically made permanent by the Baldwin County Commissioners before that. If the voters don't come to the polls and vote this tax down, it will cost them millions of dollars in increased sales taxes over the next 5-years and beyond. We have to fight back against the School System and Teacher's Unions lobby by voting NO to this unfair SALES TAX INCREASE.

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