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Former school superintendent supports 1-cent sales tax for school buildings

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Dear Editor:

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 costs.

This is a good thing for our schools and our community.

Bob Kidd

[Posted March 28, 2011]

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