To The Herald-Whig:
Will the Quincy School Board members please explain to us taxpayers why, in an economy that is screaming about taxes in general and school taxes in particular, they proceed to approve $772,460 on the football field?
It certainly tells everybody that football is more important than education, especially in our basketball-driven area. Maybe we could use a little of that money to open Baldwin's Library or re-hire a few of those terminated teachers. Is the primary focus of the schools education or sports?
In the last month, Quincy taxpayers learned that they are going to have to bite the bullet for about $5 million for the mayor's pet hydroelectric project. Now the board members have put taxpayers in hock for $377,800 in questionable "life-safety" bonds and $396,660 in promises from the Quincy Public Schools Foundation, booster groups and QU. Of these three the only one that has any assets to back up their pledge is QU. That leaves over $300,000 backed up by promises from organizations with no assets.
If these organizations can't fulfill that promise then here comes another bullet for the taxpayers.
The board justifies this by saying that they will save $192,000 ($16,000 per year) over the life of the artificial turf (12 years). A little math and common sense tells us that in 12 years it is going to cost another $400,000 to replace this turf again. That's over $33,300 a year, with our $16,000 savings a year so we are going in the hole to the tune of $17,300 a year. At the rate that these four board members are saving money it is no wonder that the school system is broke and voters have no confidence in it.
Just three months ago two of these board members were saying that the board had to re-connect with the voters and gain the voters' confidence. Not this way.