Gloucester citizens ask for tax incre...

Gloucester citizens ask for tax increase for schools

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Parents of schoolchildren told the Gloucester School Board they would rather have their taxes raised than see such budget-cutting proposals as going to a four-day school week, requiring students to pay to participate in athletics and the closing of one of the county's two middle schools.

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Think about it

United States

#1 Feb 25, 2010
I wonder how many of these citizens have kids in school and I wonder if they would feel the same way about a tax increase if they didn't. I'm not in favor of tax increase to make up for the entire shortage of funding by the GA.
Don-in-Gloc

Gloucester, VA

#2 Feb 25, 2010
Let's cut out ALL non classroom activities before we ask for a tax increase. Let's rethink the bus routes. I know of a route where the bus stops a minimun of 12 times in about 1 1/2 miles. Seems I read somewhere that the normal stops should be at least 1/4 of a mile apart. I appreciate Mrs Burruss willingness to support a tax increase for all the county residents. Maybe she should try for the BOS on her next election effort.
Cym

Hayes, VA

#3 Feb 25, 2010
Dammmmmmmm,
Someone in Gloucester actually does have a brain. So they're willing to pay the tax to get the services they want. What a concept.
Should have said it

Gloucester, VA

#4 Feb 26, 2010
Cym wrote:
Dammmmmmmm,
Someone in Gloucester actually does have a brain. So they're willing to pay the tax to get the services they want. What a concept.
"Want" verses "need". What's your take on that? Do you think there is any waste in the school system and if so what do you recommend or a per item basis, to clean it up?
Cym

Newport News, VA

#5 Feb 26, 2010
Should have said it wrote:
<quoted text>"Want" verses "need". What's your take on that? Do you think there is any waste in the school system and if so what do you recommend or a per item basis, to clean it up?
Being your posting from 'hayes', I'm not sure if you're one of the idiots, but I will assume for a moment that you are not.
1. There is always waste in government. If you can find substantial waste, then get your butt to work on cleaning it up, don't just be bitchin on a forum.
2. There are only a few things we 'need': food, water, air, shelter, safety, EVERYTHING else is a want.
3. Personal opinion? The teachers should be addressed by their administration. Have a complaint? Register it there. Then follow it up.
4. Should we pick on teachers in an open forum? Probably not a great idea, considering what we pay them now. their current pay is almost criminal.
5. We should give them all dental benefits (ok, so a bit of humor never hurt.....)
joman

Mobile, AL

#6 Feb 26, 2010
Why not just have a new experiment. Sign up home owners to teach a group of children in the home,and not build on new buildings.Will save taxes. Any other ideas?
Cym

Hayes, VA

#7 Feb 26, 2010
joman wrote:
Why not just have a new experiment. Sign up home owners to teach a group of children in the home,and not build on new buildings.Will save taxes. Any other ideas?
Jeez, sarcasm i hope. It's no wonder we have an electoral system theoretically to elect people more intelligent than the average populace.
Observer in Abington

Chesapeake, VA

#8 Feb 27, 2010
I personally do not have children in the public school system and am not at all appreciative of those who do implying that I would be willing to pay higher taxes in order to support the students. Why not just have the parents of the students pay an "enrollment fee" or "book fee" at the begining of the school year? Raising everyone's taxes for the sake of those who cannot afford to support their own children is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in quite some time....
Cym

Hayes, VA

#9 Feb 28, 2010
Observer in Abington wrote:
I personally do not have children in the public school system and am not at all appreciative of those who do implying that I would be willing to pay higher taxes in order to support the students. Why not just have the parents of the students pay an "enrollment fee" or "book fee" at the begining of the school year? Raising everyone's taxes for the sake of those who cannot afford to support their own children is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in quite some time....
OIA, the idea of taxes was to make it affordable for those that cannot afford it. There are many in the county who are unable to even put a good meal on their table at night. Education is the only way to break this cycle with the kids. Yes there are many who put themselves in this situation because of booze and cigarettes, idiots, but there are many who are poor due to circumstances not under their control. I am glad to pay taxes to support these people. Forcing higher 'user' fees for schools is not the philosophy traditionally used in this country, it excludes some groups, dominantly black people (i hate the phrase 'african american'), which is not considered socially fair at this time in history.
Observer in Abington

Chesapeake, VA

#10 Feb 28, 2010
Cym wrote:
<quoted text>OIA, the idea of taxes was to make it affordable for those that cannot afford it. There are many in the county who are unable to even put a good meal on their table at night. Education is the only way to break this cycle with the kids. Yes there are many who put themselves in this situation because of booze and cigarettes, idiots, but there are many who are poor due to circumstances not under their control. I am glad to pay taxes to support these people. Forcing higher 'user' fees for schools is not the philosophy traditionally used in this country, it excludes some groups, dominantly black people (i hate the phrase 'african american'), which is not considered socially fair at this time in history.
Cym, I am with you 100% on this. If someone cannot afford to support their children thru no fault of their own, I'd be the first one in line to offer support to that family. I have issues with those parents who simply take and take and use the excuse "for the sake of the children". The parents that I saw on tre local news channel seemed to be the 'gimme-gimme-gimme' type who all but EXPECTED to have others support them. Surprisingly, they weren't black because that is usually the group that asks for most things, assuming of course that no one will deny them because of the race issue. Regardless...my paying for another child's way in school should be MY DECISION, and my issue is with the parents who voiced the support of higher taxes across the board.

BY the way...I loved the dental insurance comment in your previous post! LOL!!!
Cym

Hayes, VA

#11 Feb 28, 2010
Observer in Abington wrote:
<quoted text>
Cym, I am with you 100% on this. If someone cannot afford to support their children thru no fault of their own, I'd be the first one in line to offer support to that family. I have issues with those parents who simply take and take and use the excuse "for the sake of the children". The parents that I saw on tre local news channel seemed to be the 'gimme-gimme-gimme' type who all but EXPECTED to have others support them. Surprisingly, they weren't black because that is usually the group that asks for most things, assuming of course that no one will deny them because of the race issue. Regardless...my paying for another child's way in school should be MY DECISION, and my issue is with the parents who voiced the support of higher taxes across the board.
BY the way...I loved the dental insurance comment in your previous post! LOL!!!
There's a few people who use the name 'Cym' on this forum. I've gotten used to some of their shenanigans, and I just ignore them. The real Cym is a dentist, thus the dental humor.
Happy Hour

Chase City, VA

#12 Feb 28, 2010
Cym wrote:
<quoted text>There's a few people who use the name 'Cym' on this forum. I've gotten used to some of their shenanigans, and I just ignore them. The real Cym is a dentist, thus the dental humor.
There's Cym, patting himself on the back and agreeing with what he says again.
Cym

Hayes, VA

#13 Feb 28, 2010
Happy Hour wrote:
<quoted text>
There's Cym, patting himself on the back and agreeing with what he says again.
Hey, there's more than one of us....it makes for GREAT conversation!
Ron

Peapack, NJ

#14 Mar 5, 2010
i say speak for your self
DisplacedDuke

Piscataway, NJ

#15 Mar 23, 2010
While we are on the topic of user fees; I don't feel threatened by terrorism, so I would like to have back whatever portion of my taxes goes towards the military. I mean, its not like anyone is going to bomb Gloucester. Those who want to can pay for their own protection. The same goes for roads (I telecommute and am otherwise a hermit), open space preservation (I barely even look out a window, why should I pay for saving trees) and of course schools (I have no kids and taught myself everything I know).

I think the government should hand out checklists every year so I can decline all of these services and keep my money to myself. I would also rather not have to pay for medicare or social security. I'll take care of those things myself, thank you very much.
Think about it

North Bend, WA

#16 Mar 23, 2010
DisplacedDuke wrote:
While we are on the topic of user fees; I don't feel threatened by terrorism, so I would like to have back whatever portion of my taxes goes towards the military. I mean, its not like anyone is going to bomb Gloucester. Those who want to can pay for their own protection. The same goes for roads (I telecommute and am otherwise a hermit), open space preservation (I barely even look out a window, why should I pay for saving trees) and of course schools (I have no kids and taught myself everything I know).
I think the government should hand out checklists every year so I can decline all of these services and keep my money to myself. I would also rather not have to pay for medicare or social security. I'll take care of those things myself, thank you very much.
Your point is well taken. I have to agree with you about the role of government. But I see the problem a little different than you. I don't think our local government should pick up the tab for school funded which is required by the state.

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