Opposition forming to proposed school tax

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:59 pm | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL - Tuesday Sarasota County School Board members voted to use a special election for a referendum. It will cost the district more than $400,000 to do it. The alternative would be waiting until the general election in November. That would not cost them anything. Every four years for the past 12 county voters have approved the extra tax. It equals more than $40 million extra for the district each year.

Walt Augustinowicz and his group Better Sarasota School for less says it's a waste of money and a way for the district to slip it by tax payers. He says the reason the district pays the extra money for the special election is because voter turnout is lower then in the general election. Saying those who do come out in droves are district employees and those with children in the system. "That is more than a few teachers they could hire. Instead they chose to sneak it past the taxpayer."

School Board chair Jane Goodwin says they have to do the election in March because the money is set to run out. She also says it would cost the district more to advertise and get their word out during a general election. "In a general election to get our word out we would have to spend more than $400,000 on that campaign."

We will hear more from both sides coming up on ABC 7 this evening.

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  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 4:50 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    try again

  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    Has the taxpayers of Sarasota County forgotten about the 12 million dollar software package that the district purchased in 2008-2009? It still is NOT operational for the student system. Employees at the Landings have told me the cost is up to 20 million dollars. There are presently at least a hundred major errors.
    There are employees that take long lunch hours, long breaks, or do not record vacation or sick time. The taxpayer is paying twice for all this abuse of hours. There are retirement parties, baby showers, and other parties that taxpayers are paying for. If you ask any classified employee or teacher, 99.9% will tell you there is so much waste in the district. It is about time the residents of Sarasota vote NO for the referendum. Time to clean house and get rid of all the dead weight and unethical administrators. The IT director was demoted (Bob Hansen's friend and was under investigation by the FBI) and now is the Crosspointe liaison. This employee should have been fired a long time ago as she does not have a clue what she is doing.
    If you try to talk to School Board members, none of them can take any constructive critism. Don't ever believe they are listening to the public. They do what they want.
    VOTE NO for the School Board refendum.



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