On January 16th I posted the information about the Fort Mill school bond election coming up on March 4th 2008. The keepourschoolsstrong.com organization has hit the streets hard with signs, flyers, internet presence, a kick off pep rally, and more. You see the vote yes March 4th signs everywhere. So will the 2 bond questions pass March 4th? Are there any organized anti-bond organizations? I did a quick internet search. I did not find an organization claiming to be against the bonds. I did find a few negative comments. Here is a comment from the Herald’s blog called the Buzz. A blog post commenter claims we need to better control growth. The only way the commenter can protest to the way the county is poorly handling the growth is to vote no to the two bond questions.
I found a few negative comments in http://www.city-data.com/forum/york-lancaster-counties/(an interesting forum if you have not looked at it yet). One forum participant wanted to know why the property taxes were lowered when the government turned right around and asked for more money. Another asked why two gyms need to be built. Why can’t the two high schools share one new complex like Rock Hill?
I say in all, the pro vote yes movement is strong. Another pro vote yes movement example is from the Gold Hill Elementary PTA newsletter called the Beeline. In the newsletter the editor used the old scare technique campaign. Below is the picture from the newsletter of a portable classroom trailer versus a bricks and mortar school building. Which building do you want your child going to school?
GHES PTA Co-President Lori Hillman had an article in the same newsletter urging us to vote yes. Lori states if the bond passes it will only add $55 per year in taxes per $100,000 assessed home value. Lori is hard at work for the bond. I have seen Lori out personally posting support our schools real estate signs.
I hate taxes. I personally think it won’t be too long before we will have to dig deep into our pockets again for another bond vote. But being a father of 3, I do want the best for our kids and neighbor kids. That’s one reason why we moved to the Fort Mill School District because of the strong school program. It’s the price we pay for progress and growth.
In case you haven’t figured out what side of the bond vote we are on, we have one of the support our schools signs in our front yard. My hope is the money is wisely invested. I wonder how folks without kids think about the bond?
What are your opinions? Your comments are always welcomed in our blog.