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I write in support of the 1-cent sales tax for school
buildings. I was a school superintendent for 25 years.
During my career, I replaced many school roofs and completed many
life safety projects. Every one of those had to be paid by the local
property owners. In the rural districts in which I worked, the bulk
of the taxes were paid by farm owners. This 1-cent proposal, at
last, provides a way to share the burden with everyone, including
those who visit our town.
Lincoln High School has promised to use its share to reduce its
property tax rate for the next 12 years. Lincoln Elementary will use
its share to replace roofs, doors, windows and boilers in its older
buildings without placing an additional weight on the shoulders of
the local property owners. This tax can only be used for buildings,
building repairs or paying for the bonds for the same.
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It cannot be used for salaries, insurance or any other personnel
This is a good thing for our schools and our community.
March 28, 2011]
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