March 4, 2014
Contrary to the Pickens Sentinel Feb. 5 and other editorials, fiscal responsibility cannot always continue to be relegated to the back seat. Our schools, our children, our education system represent a massive investment in our future so it is in everyone’s best interest to always be fiscally responsible, especially considering we spend over $12000 a year per student, not including building costs.
After decades of the same rhetoric, when are we going to realize that simply throwing money at our education problems is not the solution. We in the Pickens County Taxpayers are not against taxes, we recognize that this is the price of a civilized society, but we, as should all citizens, expect accountability and results for the hard earned money we hand over to those who are charged with administering it.
While the Pickens County Taxpayers Association strongly supports our educators and believes in providing them with the tools they require, we also recognize the debt we accumulate through poor fiscal responsibility is passed on, our graduation gift, to those very children we strive to educate.
To best serve the citizens the board must be balanced with some from the general civilian work force as well, those who can better understand life in the private sector, the impact increasing taxes have on all those who don’t get raises, are losing benefits and hours, have to worry about losing their jobs or are on very limited fixed incomes.
We all know, or should, that high property taxes are just as much a deterrent to growth and attracting business as is a poorly educated work force, are a deterrent to people wanting to move here, and can be a negative factor in whether those we graduate will decide to stay here after school. Balance and fiscal responsibility is the key to everything in our lives, why should we not need it in our School board representation also?
Dennis G. Reinert
Pickens County Taxpayers