The school board
The (Brevard County) School Board passed its budget based on a sales tax increase to be voted on in November 2012.
Thirty-eight million dollars for long-term debt payments?
Where did the $512 million go that it had already borrowed to do what it now needs more money to do? Plus, another $321 million from taxpayers to pay the interest on that borrowing? A total of $831 million from taxpayers?
Why wasn't this on the ballot for the taxpayers to vote on? Never would have passed, that's why.
Now it needs more of our money from a new sales tax for only 10 years? If that's not enough, maybe another new tax next year for another 10 years?
Don't give these people anymore of our money to spend. Give them less, so they cut their budgets and live within the taxpayers' means.
Does reducing or eliminating fine arts programs or school choice programs sound like a children-first approach?
The only way to reduce their spending is to vote "NO" on any tax increases or additional homestead exemptions amendments on the November 2012 ballot.
Wake up, people. Hold our elected officials accountable and do your part to cut their spending now.
Pat Burwell, Viera